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How Common Core Affects Home Schoolers

A number of parents have asked us for information about the Common Core and how it will affect homeschooling. This, from a concerned mother, well represents the questions we are receiving.

“I would like Seton to address Common Core and how it will or will not affect Seton and home school families in general. Our state is bringing it to the public schools in our area but so far there is no requirement on home school families. The Common Core curriculum is horrible and the parents are worried.”

Here’s another from a mom in North Carolina,

“Hello! I am curious about Seton’s position on the Common Core issues. I am new to all of this. Is it true that one way or another, our homeschooled children will be asked to take national or state tests that are based on CC? I am so confused!”

The Common Core State Standards (usually simply called Common Core) are a set of curriculum guidelines for public schools. These standards have been adopted by nearly all the states, which has brought concern to those who oppose national education standards. Many parents, and advocates of smaller government, believe that national standards take control away from parents and local teachers, who have the greatest knowledge of the needs of individual children.

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Common Core does not directly affect home schoolers. Home schools and private schools are not subject to these curriculum guidelines unless they accept federal funds. Seton Home Study School accepts no federal funds. We have no plans to adopt Common Core guidelines. Our concern is the passing down of timeless Catholic truths from one generation to the next.

Because we at Seton Home Study School write many of our own books, and strive to use as few secular textbooks as possible, we expect Common Core to have no impact on Seton’s educational program. Regarding standardized tests, Seton students have always performed extremely well on standardized tests, and we expect this to continue regardless of any future changes made to the tests.

If you would like more information about Common Core and home schooling, the Home School Legal Defense Association (www.hslda.org) has written many articles on this topic.

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    • Betty

      This is certainly good news for homeschooling parents with Seton. I was concerned that a program change would be taking place. Thank you Seton for having everything in place. It takes away a lot of the worry I would be having with the common core standards. God Bless.

    • Jessica

      The reality is that the Common Core standards are actually “dumbed down” from what most states have already developed on their own; thus the tests themselves would then be dumbed down as well.

    • Jm

      But…the concern will be if And when they change the standardized tests for SAT, ACT, etc to be aligned with CC….then our Homeschoolers will not test well if they are not taught to the test…all of this is worrisome for me and my family….how will Seton help with that?

      • KevClark64

        It’s very difficult to know at this point whether new tests would disadvantage homeschooling students. We likely won’t know that for several years, until new versions of tests are developed and deployed. In any case, please be assured that college preparation and acceptance are extremely high priorities for Seton, and we will do whatever is necessary to ensure our students continue to excel.

        • Mary Irene Ventura

          I am very happy to hear this as I have 2 Sons in high school. I sincerely hope Seton apprises it’s high school students and parents of these important issues in a timely fashion.

          Seton Home Study School is the Cream of ylthe Crop and we place our full trust in them!

        • Mary Irene Ventura

          With that being said, I do have reservations about the Coin Core, but wonder if my high school kids have any choice in the matter as to whether or not it would behoove them to study the common core in preparation for their SAT’s and ACT’…,

    • Tina H.

      As the coordinator of The Educational Freedom Coalition (http://www.theeducationalfreedomcoalition.org), I so appreciate having spoken with you about this in March – and learning of Seton’s commitment to educational freedom from government control.

    • MK Culp

      Here in Kansas private and religious schools have to be state accredited to be able to participate in sports and activities at the regional and state level. I mean it is supposedly voluntary to be state accredited but besides the sanction above (which is from the KS High School Activities Association) teachers at non-state accredited schools have to jump through extra hoops to be state certified and I think, if it is still operable, students from non-state accredited schools have to have a .5 higher GPA than a graduate from a state accredited school to be considered equal when it comes to getting into state universities, or their place in line so to speak. This is how it was 10 years ago and would have to check to see if this is still the case, but it does appear the sports/activities thing still is. If your Catholic school is claiming it “has” to do Common Core, the case may be that they don’t really HAVE to but are doing because they don’t have the courage to withstand the uproar that being subjected to those kinds of unfair but existing sanctions might cause among some parents/teachers. The only way this could affect Home Schoolers would be the GPA thing and perhaps the sports/activities thing. In Arkansas recently they passed something where Homeschoolers could enroll in sports in their local school district I think I read.

      • KevClark64

        Do schools in Kansas need to adopt Common Core in order to be accredited by the state?

    • Kathy

      Quick question. If/When CC is fully implemented, do you expect your SACS accreditation to be affected?

      • KevClark64

        It’s hard to predict the future, but I would expect no impact on Seton’s accreditation. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the accrediting agencies do not accredit the curriculum, per se. They accredit the school as an educational institution operating under generally accepted practices. The accreditation commissions are not so much interested in exactly what is being taught, as whether what is being taught is what has been promised. Also, they want to know about the process of developing curriculum. For school systems which have adopted Common Core, accreditors will no doubt look at how it is being implemented. But for schools which have not adopted it, Common Core will be irrelevant to accreditation.

        Second, we are somewhat fortunate that Seton is located in Virginia, which is one of only a few states which has not adopted Common Core. Virginia uses different guidelines called the Virginia Standards of Learning. Thus, Common Core will be a non-issue for all schools in Virginia, not just Seton.

    • Me Again

      From what I have seen of the standardized testing, Seton will have an advantage over present public school children. They are altering everything, history books and science books, to tell the story they want. Soros and Duncan do not have the best interest of children in mind with the re-writing of history and “global warming” concepts. God Bless us all and protect our children from harm. JMJ

    • Paula

      I think the issue of Seton children doing well on Common Core standard tests is not the issue. We need to insure that our children will not take these tests at all and be placed into a national data base. My suggestion is that Seton continue using the testing they use now, and disregard anything Common Core. Colleges, I would think, would continue to respect the current standards. They do, after all, want homeschoolers to attend their schools.

      • Andreea

        But it is unrealistic to think homeschoolers can avoid any Common Core testing. As previous posters have mentioned, college entrance testing is being adapted to align with Common Core, and homeschoolers DO have to take those tests. There is no realistic way to avoid or “disregard” everything Common Core, short of not attending college or only attending test-optional schools, which is just not a realistic option for many.

        • Paula

          Starting in high school, you can take courses at your local community college. You do not even need a high school diploma to attend. One way to build up a college resume without any national testing.

          • Tracy

            Yes, but not everyone has access to a community college. I know there is not one around our area for 100 miles.

    • akoby

      What about textbooks such as the Saxon math series? Are they following common core?

      • Alethea

        Yes they are. My son attends Catholic school in Florida. We just went to his ‘back to school night’ and asked about that. His math textbook is Saxon (that began last year) and it is completely aligned with CC. My son greatly dislikes math already this year because of all the writing (he says more thatn in English class) and the fact that if he can do a problem in his head, he will be marked wrond if he doesn’t follow and show all the possible steps outlined in the book. He gets to keep his book at home so I will have the ability to study it. (We just got it Wed night so haven’t had a chance yet.)

      • http://www.homeschoolingcatholic.com/ Draper

        Seton uses older edition Saxon Math books, which are not affected.

    • Alethea

      This article was very helpful in my decision to begin home school with Seton for my son who will be in 6th grade next year.

    • little girl

      We are using Saxon Math 3. Will Saxon 4 have CC? How would that really affect my daughter?

    • Amanda

      Shat about Saxon math now involved with Common Core?

    • The Truth

      Allentown and Philadelphia Diocese have already fell into CC. as well as other Diocese. I will purchase old books and trust in the Lord and Our Lady. It is called Divine Providence. They will make every attempt to bring their agenda into Seton and they wish the Catholic Church down. Pray. Discern.

    • Michael Prendergast

      However, with Common Core, students are made to write out how they solved the problem (which is most likely an extremely long and unrealistic word problem) in paragraph form. At least, that is what my brother is doing in Algebra 1.

    • MamaBear

      As a very involved parent against common core standards in our state, i have to say that as long as we stop the Trojans Horse … homeschooling will be affected, due to the fact that STANDARDS , drive the Curriculum, and this drives the TESTS. This is not just about our children. Homeschoolers are NOT in a bubble, we live in a society and whtn they Oaks, Terranova, Standford , Iowa standardized tests are eliminated by 2015, Homeschoolers must dance to the same tune of “NEW” Standarized tests, if the students dp not know the content and the procedure of how to get to the answers, they will not be able to pass the test. For example: 5+5=10 , yes the answer is 10, however IF the child does not “show” how he/she got there (process) the answer will be marked wrong.

      That is why we are encouraging Homeschoolers to lock arms with Public school parents as well as Private and Religious Schools because is NOT just about the Curriculum , it goes way beyond that. After all , aren’t we all called to be our brother’s keeper? God Bless