Our Scotts Valley School District is expecting almost $500,000 in Common Core funding, which is great news for our schools.

The Federal Government has Common Core Standards in which they believe each student should be based on their age and grade. In other words, it is predetermined what each student should already have learned according to every year of school they have attended.

Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

This is obviously good for our schools as the funds can be used as the district wishes to promote and advance the Common Core Standards. Things like more teachers and better learning materials can be brought in with the funds as can many other methods and tools that will increase the student’s learning capacity.

For more information on the Common Core Standards of our state, go to: