In recent months many phone calls have been received inquiring 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, 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.
Because FRCS has historically met or exceeded recommended national standards, it is not surprising that when compared to current CCSS, the Scope and Sequence of FRCS in language arts and mathematics objectives were found to already meet almost all Common Core content standards without any changes! However, a few differences were found. For example, in English Language Arts, FRCS fulfills or exceeds many of the standards at an earlier grade level than outlined in CCSS.
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 change our Scope and Sequence. Franklin Road Christian School reserves the right to make decisions for implementation of CCSS that keep with our philosophy of education and principles of teaching and learning.