ALBANY, N.Y. -- Common Core is a phrase parents are hearing a lot this school year, a phrase which is changing the way students learn and teachers teach.
The new state standards have gone to the top of the priority list for educators and they're causing real anxiety among students and parents.
Parents play a big role in helping their children navigate through the common core, because the homework they're bringing home, looks very different from years past.
The Bethlehem Central School district is being proactive, working right now on an information night to help parents and students make some sense of it all.
This past year was the first year students in New York State were tested on the new common core, resulting in only 33 percent proficiency state wide in English Language Arts and Math.
Bethlehem's information night will include presentations from an elementary and middle school teacher, with specific examples of what the common core equals in the classroom.
The Bethlehem school district's parent meeting is October 1st.
Find Common Core resources here.