Difference Between Common Core and New Alaska Standards, Report by Legislative Research

A report from Legislative Research on the differences between the common core standards and Alaska's new standards was requested this spring by Rep. Lynn Gattis, chair of the House Education Committee.  The report was completed May 31, 2013, and found two basic differences:

  1. Clarification in Alaska standards to ensure understanding by teachers
  2. Retention of Alaska elementary school mathematics standards in measurement

One example of a change is a common core Reading Literature standard which specifies that students should, "Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text," was changed in the Alaska standards to specify that students should, "Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; restate and summarize main ideas or events, in correct sequence, after reading a text." Your guess is as good as mine as to what was inadequate about "provide an objective summary of the text."

Overall, there is not a lot of difference between the common core standards and the new Alaska standards.

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