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Common Core State Standards

What are the Common Core State Standards and how were they created?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:

  • Are aligned with college and work expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
  • Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
  • Are evidence-based.

"Common education standards are essential for producing the educated workforce America needs to remain globally competitive. This voluntary state-led effort will help ensure that all students can receive the college and career ready, world-class education they deserve, no matter where they live. "

Craig Barrett, Former CEO and Chairman, Intel Corporation´╗┐

Related Links and Resources


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Provides general information on the assessments to be used when the Common Core State Standards are implemented.
California Department of Education Common Core Information Provides access to the standards, updates on implementation, and other resources.
PTA Common Core Resources Parent resources related to student success in the Common Core State Standards.
Grade-specific information on the CCSS Organized by grade level and describes the focus in literacy