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Common Core expects students to know more before entering kindergarten

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012 16:23 PM

Louisiana adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on July 1, 2010. As a result, students who will be starting kindergarten next fall will be expected to possess certain skills before the first day of class, The Times-Picayune reported.

For instance, an incoming kindergartener will be expected to know how to write his or her name, as well as the 26 upper and lower case letters of the alphabet, the new source stated.

As for students’ mathematical skills, they will be expected to know how to count to 20 before kindergarten. Furthermore, the news outlet reported that by the end of the school year, they will have learned how to count to 100 by ones and tens.

Rachel Allemand, assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment at St. Charles Parish Public Schools, told the news source that if students come to kindergarten without these skills, they will acquire them during the academic year. However, the purpose of the CCSS is to have children tackle harder concepts at an early age to prepare them for success throughout life.

Under the new Standards, kindergarteners will learn how to get information by asking questions, develop an understanding of basic grammar and recognize common types of texts, according to the CCSS’ website.