The Common Core State Standards Initiative began in the in the spring of 2009 when the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), representing 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia, came together and committed themselves and their collective resources to developing a common core of state K-12 English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics standards.
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.
Why Common Core State Standards?
- Preparation: The standards are college-and career-ready. They will help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in education and training after high school.
- Competition: The standards are internationally benchmarked. Common standards will help ensure our students are globally competitive.
- Equity: Expectations are consistent for all – and not dependent on a student’s zip code.
- Clarity: The standards are focused, coherent, and clear. Clearer standards help students (and parents and teachers) understand what is expected of them.
- Collaboration: The standards create a foundation to work collaboratively across states and districts, pooling resources and expertise, to create curricular tools, professional development, common assessments and other materials.
- Final standards were released June 2, 2010