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Understanding the Common Core State Standards Initiative

What you Need to Know Now

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, based on the most effective student performance models from states across the country and countries around the world, provides teachers and parents with a common understanding of what school children are expected to learn. Announced in 2009 for implementation in schools by 2014, Common Core standards will provide consistent academic benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

The Common Core 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 top-performing countries, so all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.
  • are evidence-based.

Mission Statement

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

—Common Core State Standards Initiative

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