The Core Curriculum goes deeper into subject areas, and provides school districts with new ways to assess whether students are learning the content areas.
It does not require school districts to adopt specific textbooks; instead, school officials examine and adapt their teaching styles and assessment methods.
According to the Iowa Department of Education, the Core Curriculum does the following:
· Mathematics: Moves from memorization and practice of facts and procedures to an understanding and application of concepts, practices and facts.
· Literacy: Moves from a focus on reading and writing in only English or language arts classes to using reading, writing, speaking, viewing and listening in all content areas.
· Science: Moves from a lecture format derived from a textbook to students investigating, designing their own experiments and then defending their conclusions.
· Social studies: Moves from a lecture format and recitation of information to the understanding of skills and information that are relevant to today’s world.
· 21st Century skills: Adds a new set of skills that has been deemed important to a student’s ability to be successful in today’s world. They are: employability skills, financial literacy, health literacy, technology literacy and civic literacy. In health literacy, for example, a student would learn how decisions such as lack of exercise, poor nutrition and substance abuse affect his or her health.