The Common Core State Standards ask teachers to make 12 major “shifts” or (changes) in their classrooms – six shifts in English Language Arts and six shifts in Mathematics. These changes may be an adjustment, as students and teachers lean into higher expectations for teaching and learning. As a parent, you can help and learn more by talking with your child about what they are learning. Ask open-ended questions about what they learned in school each day, read their homework and attend school events to learn about what their teachers expect. This document explains some of the ways that your child’s learning is changing and how you can help.