The Common Core State Standards establishes a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics. Forty-five states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards. Each state independently made the decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards, beginning in 2010. The development of the CCSS was led by the nation’s governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Teachers, parents, school administrators, and researchers from across the country collaborated together with state leaders to design and develop the CCSS. Locally, teachers, principals, and district staff are leading the implementation of the Common Core at McAuliffe.
The design of the standards is to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter into a two- or four-year college program or to enter the workforce. It is important that the high standards are consistent across states to provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations that are aligned to the expectations in college and careers. The standards establish what students need to learn, but they do not dictate how teachers should teach. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.
The Common Core State Standards promote equity by ensuring that all students, no matter where they live, are well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad. Unlike previous state standards, which were unique to every state in the country, the CCSS enable collaboration between states on a range of tools and policies, including:
- the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards;
- and the development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance annually that will replace existing state testing systems; and
- changes needed to help support educators and schools in teaching to the new standards.
For additional information on the Common Core State Standards, please visit the Common Core State Standards Initiative website at http://www.corestandards.org/.
Source: Common Core State Standards Initiative.(2012).National Governors Association. Retrieved from http://www.corestandards.org/.