National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research. The NCTM supports parent involvement and provides resources for the parents at http://www.nctm.org/resources/families.aspx.
National Parent Teacher Association
The National PTA supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics and English language arts; these standards are embedded in the Kentucky’s Core Academic Standards (KCAS). The KCAS abbreviation is used often by educators throughout the state of Kentucky. CCSSM (math), CCSSELA (English language arts/literacy) and CCSSI (Initiative) are used throughout the nation when referring to the “common core” of standards for mathematics and English. In 2010, Kentucky adopted the CCSS as written without additions. When communicating with others and searching for resources it is important to note that these abbreviations are referring to the same set of content standards for math and English language arts/literacy.
“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” Source: www.corestandards.org The NPTA has posted resources to assist with understanding the common core state standards including articles and briefs to inform parents, links to state sites, PowerPoints, videos and recorded webinars.
The Parents’ Guides to Student Success (available in English and Spanish) were developed in response to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. A two page guide booklet and frequently asked questions can be found at: