Common Core State Standards

What is Common Core?ccss

Up until now, all 50 states have each had their own set of learning expectations for students. Some expected more of students than others. They were difficult to compare to one another, let alone to the educational standards of the rest of the world.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) outline grade level goals in math and English Language Arts (ELA) for all K-12 students. The goals are designed to prepare students for the advanced literacy skills needed for college, career success and to compete in the global economy. The CCSS communicate what is expected of students at each grade level.   

CCSS Wa Common standards allow for collaboration among states on best practices and professional development. The standards are the result of a state-led initiative overseen by organizations of the nation's governors and state education commissioners. Hundreds of teachers, education researchers, mathematicians, and other experts across the country collaborated in developing the CCSS. A final version of the CCSS was released in June 2010.  In Washington public schools, these new standards will be assessed beginning in the spring of 2015. Nearly all states and the District of Columbia have adopted the CCSS.

These standards were written to be rigorous, to prepare students for college readiness and to compete in a global economy. The CCSS reflect the knowledge and skills that young people need to succeed in college and career. They focus on problem solving and critical thinking skills.   

Watch this three-minute video explaining the Common Core Standards, created by the Council of the Great City Schools.

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