Dist. 202 holding public forums on Common Core

7/29/2014, 11:46 a.m.
The meetings are to help parents and community members understand the new Common Core State Standards system, which the district ...

Plainfield School District 202, with schools in Plainfield, Joliet, Romeoville and Bolingbrook, provided this news release:

District 202 will host four special community forums about the new Common Core State Standards for learning that District 202 continues to implement this school year.

This will be the third round of community forums held since last fall to help parents and community members understand the significant change facing students, staff and District 202 through the Common Core learning standards.

This fall's forums will focus on the new English Language standards being implemented this year; the first round of Common Core standardized testing scheduled for next spring; and the overall status of the Common Core, which has faced political backlash in recent months.

One forum will be held in each district "House." Community members are welcome to attend any forum that is convenient for them, regardless of their House. There is no admission and light refreshments will be served. Each forum will start at 7 p.m. The forums will be hosted at:

  • September 3, 2014 -Indian Trail Middle School (Green House)
  • September 10, 2014 - Drauden Point Middle School (Blue House)
  • September 24, 2014 - Heritage Grove Middle School (Red House)
  • October 1, 2014 -John F. Kennedy Middle School (Orange House)

As well, the September 3rd presentation will be recorded and posted on the District 202 web site for parents who cannot attend any of the four public programs.

Illinois is one of 45 states that adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS are national learning expectations created by governors and state education leaders. The CCSS will replace the current state learning standards in math and English Language Arts, and, eventually, science and social studies.

District 202 implemented the CCSS math standards last year. The first round of standardized assessments for both math and English will be given next spring.

The CCSS will be one of the most significant changes to public education in many years. The new learning expectations are more challenging and in-depth than the current standards.

Some initial "learning gaps" therefore are expected between grades and lower initial standardized test scores as students transition to the new system among other challenges.

"We will continue to offer these forums to help our community understand the Common Core standards themselves, the challenges we all face and our work to make this transition as smooth as possible," said Glenn Wood, District 202 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.