The standards will provide important goals for teachers to ensure they are preparing students for success in college and the workforce. The standards will help teachers develop and implement effective strategies for their students by providing benchmarks for skills and knowledge that their students should have by the end of the year.

The Next Generation Standards will help colleges and professional development programs better prepare teachers; provide the opportunity for teachers to be involved in the development of assessments linked to these top-quality standards and guide educators toward curricula and teaching strategies that will give students a deep understanding of the subject and the skills they need to apply their knowledge.

The Next Generation Standards are good for teachers because:

  1. They allow for more focused professional development and promote collaboration.
  2. They can inform the development of a curriculum that promotes deep understanding for all children.
  3. They can give educators more time to focus on depth of understanding and richer units of study rather than focusing on "fitting everything in".

What are teachers saying about the Next Generation Standards?

Video links:

West Virginia Teachers who wrote the state standards
Kindergarten Teachers using the new standards in their classrooms:
Professional Development for Teachers