The Standards

Understanding Common Core State Standards:

Common Core State Standards define a set of expectations of what students should know, understand and be able to explain in the areas of English and math at each grade level, Kindergarten through twelfth grade.

They are rigorous, streamlined, relevant and better prepare students for college and the workforce.  Common Core standards challenge students to read critically, write extensively and solve real-world math problems at greater capacity, raising the bar for all students and resulting in a more valuable education.

The standards are benchmarked to high international standards to guarantee that American students are prepared to succeed in the 21st century global economy.

Want to know more? Here is some helpful information to better understand what the new standards include, why they are higher than previous standards and how they will affect students in the classroom.

Full Version of the New Standards: Don’t take our word for it. If you are interested in better understanding the actual standards – what they are and what they are not – please take a moment to read what is in fact detailed in these high and rigorous academic benchmarks. A full version of the English and math standards can be found here.

Old State Standards vs. the Higher Common Core Standards: Academic standards experts at the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute compared the old standards against the new standards and found the Common Core State Standards are superior to existing standards in 39 states for math and 37 states for English. For a detailed look at the differences, read their report here and find out where your state stands.

Standards v. Curriculum: Preserving State and Local Authority: One of the biggest concerns about the new standards is that they will limit local control over items like textbooks and reading materials.  In fact, Common Core preserves freedom for local governments, school districts, teachers and parents.

The History of the Common Core State Standards: Interested in what led to states collaborating on a set of standards each could voluntarily adopt? Learn more about the history and development of the new standards here.

Understanding the New Standards: Common Core State Standards challenge students to read critically, write extensively and solve real-world math problems at greater capacity. Find out more about what the new standards mean for students in the classroom.

Sample English Reading Assignments: A lot of attention to the new standards has been focused on what students will now be required to read. While all curriculum decisions are up to states, local districts and teachers, here are some examples of fiction and nonfiction that would meet the new standards.

Frequently Asked Questions: From how new standards will impact student testing to the differences between curriculum and standards, take a moment to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Common Core State Standards.

Debunking Myths: Get the Facts about Higher Standards: Misinformation about higher standards is understandingly confusing parents and members of the public. If you have heard conflicting information about this initiative, take a moment to get the facts and decide for yourself.