Superintendent's Monthly Message

By Dr. Jacqueline M. Horejs

October 2013


Ready or not, the new Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 48 states including California. School districts throughout California, including ours, have been training teachers in the new standards, field testing the new computer-based assessments, and evaluating the current curriculum relative to the new expectations. Next year, in 2014 – 2015, all students will be assessed using the online testing system. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are benchmarked to international standards and are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people will need for success in college and careers.

Mastery of core academic subjects is the bedrock component of the CCSS, and embedded within these rigorous standards are what have been referred to as “21st Century Competencies.” According to the California State Board of Education, the CCSS equips students for critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration – 21st century skills for college and career success. Additionally, the new standards introduce critical thinking assessments that require students to use their knowledge and better integrates meaningful uses of technology into all aspects of learning.

Union School District embraces the focus on teaching students to become critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators, effective communicators and collaborators, and self-directed learners. We believe that it is our responsibility to prepare students to become globally aware and civically minded citizens, with the information, communication, and technology literacy skills needed to become successful in a rapidly changing digital world.