E is for Educational Standards

E is also for egads, I’m late!

I’m not a parent, so I wasn’t aware of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) education reform, or its impact on literature selected for the classroom until recently. The CCSS initiative attempts to detail what K-12 students should know in English language arts and math by the end of each grade. Formally adopted by 46 states, whether you’re a fan or a foe of the initiative, it now affects most US classrooms.

What does CCSS mean for picture books used by schools? Mostly that there’s a greater emphasis on Nonfiction and Creative Nonfiction – a genre that uses literary styles and techniques designed to make facts more compelling to readers. And while it seems that just about any book can be selected by teachers willing to make a case that the work correlates to CCSS, I wonder how many educators will have the time and inclination to do the additional legwork when they have the option of choosing from a list of Common Core-ready selections already being marketed as such by publishers mobilizing to meet the new demand.

I am at the moment still just getting acquainted with what this means for writers – particularly fiction writers. Has anyone in this little blogosphere felt a direct impact? And for those who are already more CCSS savvy than I, what are your go-to web resources?

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tardy E post. Congratulations on surviving week one of the A to Z blogging challenge, and here’s to a slightly-more-punctual week two!


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