Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards are a clear, understandable and consistent set of educational standards that define what students should know and be able to do at each grade level so that they will graduate high school ready to succeed in college and career.

Educational Standards

Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning. Common Core helps families, teachers and community members understand what students should learn each year, and in turn the standards better support the educational success of our children for entry into college and the workforce.

The standards are informed by the most effective models from across the country and around the world and are designed to build upon strengths of existing state standards. They provide teachers and families a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Regardless of where a student lives, Common Core affords appropriate and consistent benchmarks for learning.

Building Common Core

Forty-eight states participated in the creation of Common Core, an effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. A diverse group of teachers, parents, administrators, educational experts, governors, state school officials and national organizations contributed to the development of Common Core.

To date, 45 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. This widespread adoption will ensure our children have access to the same high quality education children receive in other states and will allow us to compare our students’ achievements to those of other students around the country.

Common Core enhances the quality of instruction and learning for all students.