Common Core Standards Implementation Information

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

The Common Core Standards Initiative has created drastic changes in primary and secondary education in the United States. We will show you what the new expectations are and how they are implemented.

Common Core Implementation

Adoption of Common Core State Standards is completely voluntary. So far, forty-two states as well as the District of Columbia have decided to use the Common Core. The main purpose is to prepare students for life after school, whether they continue to college or enter the workforce. These standards apply to kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Common Core Focus Areas

Both English/language arts and mathematics are the focus areas for the Common Core. Skills as well as content knowledge are targeted in the standards for these subject areas. These subjects were chosen for the Common Core due to their large degree of applicability to other subject areas. Instead of being told exactly what to teach, schools and teachers make the decisions regarding how standards can best be met.

Implementation Costs

The amount of money and resources needed to implement the Common Core are different from state to state. Some of the associated costs come from training teachers on the standards and buying materials. Common Core Resources offers many Common Core prep courses for various grade levels. The courses include short, fun video lessons and plenty of opportunities for practice with the lesson quizzes, chapter exams and final course exam.