by Ishmael Brown, originally published in The Tutor Report on 10/28/13
As tutors, we (certified or not) feel that we have a passion for the subject area(s) that we tutor. We are as fond of our subject area as we are of our tutees. We know that whatever type of problem that a student may bring to us, that we can easily solve it, and that we especially know how to illustrate our process to our tutee.
For years, states have been using their own standards with districts using their own curriculums for those standards. It made the job of being a tutor somewhat easy because some of the states’ standards and/or indicators had not changed in years. There were instances where one state would have Algebra II as a course, while another state would call the same course Math Sequence 3 (or something to that affect).
Neighboring districts would even have vastly different curriculums, but across that state, all of the districts would teach the same standards. But, as of late, there is at least one common denominator (no pun intended) that has crept into the education forefront: The Common Core State Standards.
For those who are not familiar with the Common Core State Standards (or the Common Core as is affectionately called), these standards, introduced and voted on by the National Governor’s Association, are a “common” set of standards that includes an abundance of rigorous and challenging indicators, use a more leveled comparison between states on assessments and better prepares students for college and career readiness.
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