VIPKID has been making huge ground both internationally and domestically because of its high quality of teachers and teaching. While many agree that VIPKID is a powerhouse of learning and innovation, they may not know the groundwork for this – the curriculum. VIPKID uses Common Core Standards as the foundation for their curriculum and uses it as a benchmark for all things learning orientated.
What exactly are the Common Core Standards? These are a set of impressive and quality academic standards in Mathematics and ELA (English language Arts/Literacy). Essentially, they are a set of outlines or goals if you will, of what each student in each grade should know by the end of the year. They were constructed to ensure that every single student that left high school harbored enough knowledge to propel them further in not just college and the workplace but in life itself. These Common Core Standards are prevalent throughout the USA, having been adopted in 42 states, The District of Columbia, 4 territories and the DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity).
The birth of Common Core Standards: For years the academic progress within America was stagnating and was becoming a national issue. The cause was revealed to be the uneven level of academia across all states in America, as each was teaching with their own set of regulations and protocols. There was a great discrepancy between what a student should and shouldn’t know by the end of each grade (school year). In 2009 the state school chiefs and governors who make up CCSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) and the NGA Centre (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices) came together. They orchestrated a state-led effort to bring all educators to the same table and agree on a single set of standards that all would adhere to.
The standards are as follows:
- Research- and evidence-based
- Clear, understandable, and consistent
- Aligned with college and career expectations
- Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
- Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
- Informed by other top performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
VIPKID and Common Core Standards: VIPKID proudly markets itself as “American school at home” so it was only natural to adopt a curriculum based on American teaching. China’s own education is based on tests and education models so it was important to try and correlate a system similar to this.
As well as keeping the teaching affiliated with American standards, using the Common Core Standards also ensures that quality of teaching and learning is kept. The Common Core Standards were meticulously put together by individuals in the education sector with countless years of experience. By using the Common Core Standards, VIPKID can ensure that their curriculum and teaching materials are the best in the world. Parents will know that when their children sign online to have a lesson they are not just being taught by a qualified and professional individual. They are also being taught with a curriculum and lesson plan that is guaranteed to further learning and accelerate understanding.