Common Core State Standards

The Common Core is the backbone of our instruction at  South Pontotoc Elementary. All teachers have been trained in the Common Core and use it in their classrooms.  The textbooks listed below are used as a resource in the classroom but instruction is centered around the Common Core.

What are Common Core State Standards?Top of Page

Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.

With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.

Reading Street

Research and Results Prove It

Pearson Education is committed to using scientific, evidence-based methods in the development of

its educational curricula. A research team composed of educational research methodologists has been

working with Pearson for seven years to integrate scientific research practices into the development

of its curricula. Pearson also collaborates with regional education laboratories, universities, and

private research companies to independently evaluate the effectiveness and usability of its curricula.

These studies are designed to meet the rigorous standards of the What Works Clearinghouse. More Information about Pearson Research can be found at the following web site.

Shurley English

Research Information

By passing No Child Left Behind, Congress has instructed states that funding decisions and educational practices should be associated with scientifically based research. Studies have revealed what will work in schools and what will not. Neuroscientific research, memory research, educational research, and effective strategy research all point to specific pedagogies that raise student achievement. Shurley English has defining characteristics that are validated with this research. The concepts are taught in a step-by-step manner and all material is reviewed and rehearsed in a way as to allow students the necessary independence for these concepts to become an integral part of their repertoire. The following PDF files present the research that supports Shurley English as a curriculum that contains the key elements to effectively promote the development of language so students can communicate and participate successfully in their society. Parents can find help on this page for Shurley English.

Envision Math

Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH

Daily Problem-Based Interactive Learning followed by Visual Learning strategies deepen conceptual understanding by making meaningful connections for students and delivering strong, sequential visual/verbal connections through the Visual Learning Bridge in every lesson. Ongoing Diagnosis & Intervention and daily Data-Driven Differentiation ensure that enVisionMATH gives every student the opportunity to succeed.