Common Core Standards


What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics are content standards shared among participating states.  They are designed to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy and mathematics no later that the end of high school.  Developed as part of the Common Core State Standardes Initiative, a voluntary state-led effort, this common set of standards describes what students in our nation should know and be able to do. 

Parents, teachers, school administrators, and experts from across the country, together with state leaders through their membership in the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSOO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), led the effort to develop the standards. 

The Common Core State Standards were released by CCSSO and the NGA Center on June 2, 2010.  These content standards are:

*  Aligned with expectation for college and career success;

*  Built upon strengths and lessons of current state content standards and standards of top performing nations;

*  Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and

*  Evidence-and research- based.

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