Over the course of the last few months, I have fielded many questions regarding Calvert and the Common Core Standards. The vast majority of those questions center on whether or not the Calvert curriculum is Common Core compliant. My answer is always the same:
Our singular goal is to provide students with an incomparable experience that enables each student to maximize his or her learning potential. Why, then, would we limit ourselves to any single standards set?
More directly responsive, the fact is that the Calvert curriculum exceeds the Common Core in rigor and learning expectations, and throughout our 100+ year history has consistently risen above mandated standards. This is true because whereas standards imply a minimum base-line, the Calvert curriculum is deliberately designed to meet each student’s maximum learning possibilities.
In that way, a student’s achievement should be limited only by his or her effort and capacity. The Calvert curriculum meets the Common Core standards as it passes them by and takes students where minimum standards are not the measure by which they are judged. Rather, we count real success as the degree to which the Calvert curriculum enables each student to reach for his or her highest potential.
Ultimately, it is not just a question of if the Calvert curriculum is Common Core compliant. The reality is that in meeting and exceeding those standards, they become irrelevant to our students’ direct education experience. Our standards have been, are, and always will reflect very high expectations as we support students in achieving their goals and aspirations.
Eric M. Isselhardt, Ph.D.
Calvert Education Services
Chief Academic Officer