GCA & Common Core

GCA and “Common Core” Alignment

Many Christian school educators, concerned parents, and homeschool parents are concerned about the sweeping national education standards known as Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While CCSS have only been written for English Language Arts and Mathematics, they have quickly been adopted by most state departments of education, including Albuquerque Public Schools, and future standardized testing appears to be aligning with them. Meanwhile, there is much controversy over the imposition of national standards, the loss of local control over education, and undesirable philosophical implications.

Graceway Christian Academy is committed to using the A Beka Book curriculum.  Because A Beka Book has historically met or exceeded recommended content standards, it is not surprising that when compared to current CCSS, the A Beka Book language arts and mathematics objectives were found to already meet almost all Common Core content standards.

However, a few differences were found. For example, in English Language Arts, A Beka Book fulfills or exceeds many of the standards at an earlier grade level than outlined in CCSS. Further, in Mathematics, A Beka Book has chosen a different sequence of topical representation because it is more logical in presentation than what Common Core proposes.

Standards in education are often very useful when they inform content in an effort to ensure that subject matter is age appropriate, sequentially meaningful, and academically rigorous. Unfortunately, some of Common Core goes beyond content and moves into the realm of teaching methodology. Since many of these techniques do not align with our traditional Christian approach, we have purposefully chosen not to add them at GCA.  We intend to keep our academic standards higher than those proposed by Common Core.  We intend to maintain our philosophy and principles of teaching and learning to better prepare our students for now, and eternity, to honor and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Edited from http://www.abeka.com/Resources/CommonCore.aspx)