(Here’s a letter that was sent to our CCCS parents back in November).
One of the biggest issues in education today is that of the Common Core curriculum. We have been asked how our Biblically-based Bob Jones University Press (BJUP) curriculum corresponds to it. BJUP does respond to this issue, so I encourage you to review what they have written at http://www.bjupress.com/resources/common-core-standards
When CCCS had a high school we gave the state Regents Exams. That was part of the requirement for us to issue legal diplomas for our graduates. In recent years we have administered the NYS math exams for grades 3, 4 and 5. We have not participated in ELA state testing because of the concern of “politically correct” and/or potentially offensive material being included in the testing content. For ELA we are satisfied with administering the Stanford Achievement Tests to measure our students’ abilities.
After contact with two local public schools about Common Core, I have discovered that the NY math curriculum is still a work in progress. As of a few weeks ago it was not even completed for this school year because it is being revised to Common Core. These two public schools are not using math text books, but curriculum that they print from a website.
As a private school CCCS is not required to teach Common Core curriculum, nor are we required to give state testing for grades K-8. My intent going into this year, however, was to continue participation with the NYS state math testing. After some reflection, I feel it best to not have CCCS participate in any state testing during the current school year. We will take a “wait and see” approach. Once the state math curriculum is actually completed we will review it to determine if it is appropriate for us to participate in future state tests.
Some have questioned the quality of Christian school education. In a study released by CAPE (Council for American Private Education) in their May 2013 edition of CAPE Outlook, it was found that students in faith-based schools had greater academic achievement, and better student behavior than in public school options.
While we are certainly open to improvement in our academics, I want to assure you that we stand committed to provide your children with a Biblical worldview at CCCS. Thank you for your sacrifice in sending your children here!
In His Service,