As most parents are aware, Maryland is one of the states that has adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As a private school, we are not required to adopt the CCSS; however, many of our students will graduate here and move on to public high schools, where CCSS has been adopted.
With that in mind, we have to evaluate our curriculum to make sure that we are preparing students for the next phase of their education once they leave here. But how do the Common Core State Standards affect our Catholic values?
This past week, Archbishop Lori wrote a wonderful column in the Catholic Review’s “Review in the Pew” insert that is well worth the read. To put it succinctly, he states,
“As a Catholic school system, we reject anything that conflicts with our teachings and/or our core mission, or which in any way would adversely affect the Catholic identity of our schools. We place the highest value on the Catholic identity and academic reputation of our schools and will take no action that would undermine or tarnish either.”Copyright © 2014, The Catholic Review. www.catholicreview.org. To view the complete article, visit: http://www.catholicreview.org/article/commentary/archbishop-lori/catholicism-our-common-core.
It’s also important to note that CCSS is not a curriculum, but rather a set of standards that states are prompted to adopt in order to address perceived faults in our educational system. Here are some links to general information about CCSS:
- Common Core State Standards Homepage
- Maryland State CCS Homepage
- Pennsylvania State CCS Homepage
- Archdioces of Baltimore FAQs about Common Core