Iowa/Common Core

What is it? 

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a set of standards developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in 2010. The standards are intended to provide direction to schools in determining what students should know and be able to do at each level of the educational experience so each student will exit high school with the necessary knowledge and skills for college, career, and life. The IOWA CORE includes the Common Core with some additional standards. 

Does PCGS use the Common Core/Iowa Core? 

When each curricular area is reviewed a team of teachers, administrators, board representatives, and parent volunteers examines the Iowa Core to determine the desired level of alignment in that curricular area. As we create curriculum that promotes the PCGS vision, mission, and values, we choose to use standards from the Core only if they reflect our desired rigor and do not conflict with our beliefs. Because we are independently accredited, we have the ability to add, delete, and modify the Core.  If you have further questions about the Common Core or the Iowa Core please contact Craig Juffer, Head of Teaching and Learning at PCGS.  


For further information: 
Christian Schools International (CSI) Position Statement 
"Christian Schools and the Common Core" Sheri McDonald in Christian School Educators Magazine
Iowa Department of Education Iowa Core Website