Common Core State Standards

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers, released the Common Core State Academic standards in June, 2010. These standards ensure that students across the United States are exposed to rigorous content that prepares them to become college and career ready. These standards were collaboratively developed in the areas of English Language Arts and Math, have been internationally benchmarked, and represent educational best practices. Grand Rapids Public Schools has begun the process of aligning the current curriculum and assessments with these new content standards. Social Studies and Science will be released over the next two years.

In 2015, new summative assessments, aligned with the Common Core State standards, replaced the current Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Examination. These assessments, known as M-STEP, are characterized by the high levels of rigor, problem solving, and writing and the embedding of technology standards.

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