Difference Between Common Core Standards and New Alaska Standards

Recently, Rep. Lynn Gattis, chair of the House Education Committee, requested a report from Legislative Research on the differences between the common core standards and Alaska's new standards. 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.

Link to Report: http://www.alaskaeducationupdate.com/sites/default/files/2013%20Leg%20Research%20Report%2C%20common%20core%2C%20alaska%20standards.pdf

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