• 68°

New website asks public to comment on College & Career Ready Standards

Connie Spears has served on the Madison Board of Education since June 2009. (CONTRIBUTED)
Connie Spears has served on the Madison Board of Education since June 2009. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – With a new website, the Alabama State Department of Education is accepting, actually encouraging, feedback about Alabama College and Career Ready Standards (ACCRS).

On Oct. 6, the department launched www.alsde.edu/dept/standards/Pages/home.aspx.

Every few years, a committee of Alabama teachers and parents updates academic goals for public schools. “In 2009, this committee recommended adoption of a version of the Common Core, plus additional content to meet our state’s specific needs,” Connie Spears said.

Spears is a member of the Madison Board of Education.

The website allows a user to comment about the defined standards. “Any citizen of Alabama may comment,” Spears said. “I encourage anyone who has questions or concerns about ACCRS to take this opportunity to share them.”

After answering a few demographic questions, the user selects “English Language Arts” or “Mathematics” standards. For language arts, the website displays 41 standards. For example, one standard states, “With prompting and support, (a student can) identify characters, settings and major events in a story.”

For each standard, the user can select “Agree” or “Disagree”. By selecting “Disagree,” the user receives multiple-choice reasons for disagreeing with the standard. In addition, a text box is available to type comments.

In addition, the “Standard of the Week” section (http://alex.state.al.us/ccrs/) gives a sample standard with a description of a problem or lesson connected to the standard, Spears said.

“It’s always beneficial to receive input to the education process from our parents,” Spears said. “Our parents live the education process alongside their children. (Parents) are the ones sitting down with their children/our students every evening to do homework and study for tests.”

“Parents need to understand our standards and … to help our students themselves or through tutors.” Spears isn’t sure if this process “will allow parents to better understand and have confidence in our standards. There’s so much false information available. It gets very confusing.”

Alabama has its own standards. “We own them. They’re not copyrighted. We can and will change them, as our students’ needs dictate,” Spears said.

For more information, visit www.alsde.edu/pages/ccrssm-all.aspx.

Events

Orion Amphitheater kicks off its third concert season tonight

James Clemens High School

James Clemens HOSA overshadows conference competitors

Harvest

It’s Spring! Plant sale returns to Huntsville Botanical Garden

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones AFJROTC aces first try at obstacle course

Discovery Middle School

Clifton, Francois earn grants to enhance study of German

Bob Jones High School

Fantasy Playhouse summer camps to open in Madison

Discovery Middle School

Hogan Family YMCA to celebrate Healthy Kids Day

Bob Jones High School

Students in grades 3-5 to compete in Bob Jones Science Challenge

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

James Clemens Football Hosting Annual Mattress Sale

James Clemens High School

James Clemens baseball hot at the right time

Discovery Middle School

Register for Summer Spotlight Theatre Camp at James Clemens

Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones hails as section’s top team at Scholastic Chess Championship

James Clemens High School

James Clemens leads at Student Council Association conference

News

Messiah Lutheran’s Rummage Sale turns ‘discards into disaster relief’

Harvest

Madison Academy to present ‘High School Musical – One Act Edition’

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Remembering Tom Monroe- “Johnny Appleseed Of Disc Golf”

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Play Ball ! Trash Pandas Season Set To Open

Madison

City’s work session and special meeting postponed due to weather

Madison

Strong storms predicted for Tuesday; schools to dismiss early

Madison

MVP names Madison Visionary Award recipients

Bob Jones High School

Local Talent Shines In Alabama Baseball Victory At Toyota Field

Bob Jones High School

Bartlett selected as Executive Director of US Chess Federation

Madison

Mill Creek students shine in Elementary Science Olympiad

Madison

Facility dog Daryl comforts, ‘listens’ to children at Midtown elementary

x