Parent Information on the NC Standard Course of Study

Following is information regarding some changes that are on the way in the overall curriculum for North Carolina students. We hope this information will help you understand these changes and provide answers to your questions. We also include links to the Common Core and Essential Standards so you can view them for yourself.

About the Standards

Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Core State Standards

Myths vs. Facts

National PTA

These documents are from the National PTA. The National PTA created these based on the new Common Core Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.

Parents’ Guide to Student Success Guía Para Padres Para Fomentar El Éxito Escolar
Kindergarten Kindergarten
First Grade 1er Grado
Second Grade 2do Grado
Third Grade 3er Grado
Fourth Grade 4to Grado
Fifth Grade 5to Grado

For an overview of the Common Core State Standards, watch these videos:

Teaching Channel Video Overview of the Common Core State Standards: Elementary School

Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success (Hunt Institute)

Learn more about the Common Core State Standards.

Follow this link to the Henderson County Public Schools Elementary Education page on the Common Core and Essential Standards.

North Carolina Essential Standards for Other Subjects

K-2 3-5 K-5 Supplemental
Science Science n/a n/a
Social Studies Social Studies n/a 21st Century
n/a n/a Information and Technology n/a
Healthful Living Healthful Living n/a n/a

North Carolina Essential Standards for K-5 Arts Education

Dance Music Theatre Arts Visual Arts


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