What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards are standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics that were developed through an initiative of the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. In grades 6-12, the ELA standards also focus on Social Studies, Science and Technology. These standards incorporate the best in standards from all the states as well as international standards.

These standards are designed to be consistent from school to school and from state to state. They are aligned with college and work expectations, are internationally benchmarked and blend the use of technology and research skills into all of the strands and domains. These standards establish benchmarks and guidelines and provide a common framework for teaching and learning across states, districts, and classrooms.

The CCSS are more general and are broader than the specific state standards to which many teachers are accustomed. The assessments have not been developed as yet, but due to the higher levels of thinking expected in the CCSS, there will probably need to be more than one approach and one topic used to teach the same standards.

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