Common Core State Standards

It is difficult to describe the Common Core State Standards in a few brief paragraphs because they include so many important concepts.

  1. Standards – each state has them. The best standards rose to the top and were adopted into the Common Core. The standards of other top-performing nations were also considered during the developmental process of the Common Core.
  2. Common — currently refers to 45 states, Washington DC, American Samoa Islands, Puerty Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. What this means is that families that move from one state to another because of a job can expect that their child will not be bored or behind in their new school.
  3. Criteria – a  large body of evidence was used to develop the Common Core, including the skills required for both college and career-ready training, current educational research, current assessment data and trends in both US and international mathematics and science curriculum.
  4. Test – since No Child Left Behind states have adopted standardized testing as a measurement of academic achievement. Going forward to the Common Core allows educators to compare assessment scores from all states knowing that we are indeed comparing apples-to-apples.
  5. Collaboration – sharing standards means that states can also share resources such as lesson plans, text books, curricula, teaching strategies and much more.
  6. States – have developed the Common Core and share a vested interest, not the federal government. It was lead by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The process was supported by including CCSSO, the NGACenter, Achieve, Inc, ACT, the College Board, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Hunt Institute, the National Parent Teacher Association, the State Higher Education Executive Officers, the American Association of School Administrators, and the Business Roundtable.

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