Common Core State Standards in Oregon

Instructor: A Ray Tatum

A. Ray has taught junior high, high school and college English and has a master's degree in curriculum.

Find out how Common Core State Standards have been implemented in Oregon and learn the ways in which they help students reach their full potential. You'll also find courses designed to help teachers and parents supplement instruction or assist students with their coursework.

Oregon Common Core State Standards

Oregon adopted the national Common Core State Standards in 2010. As with 46 other states and territories implementing these standards, Oregon is determined to make sure every student is college/career ready upon graduation. The sections below outline how standards are being used in English, math, social science, science, and ELL instruction.

English Language Arts

Oregon advises English teachers to work around the four key skills stressed by the Common Core standards. These include the ability to read nonfiction and literary texts with a critical eye, write in a way that fits the purpose of the message and the audience being addressed, demonstrate the speaking and listening skills required for effective communication, and conduct research to explore new ideas. courses aligned with Common Core language arts standards include video lessons, quizzes, and tests to help students develop these abilities. Some of these resources include:


The mathematics standards also emphasize student mastery of four main areas. These focus on developing students' abilities to draw connections between math concepts and procedures, select the right problem-solving strategies, communicate or critique the reasoning behind a certain approach, and model or analyze data to solve a real-world problem. The overall goal of the standards is to aid students' understanding of mathematics as a tool that can help solve daily problems as well as its use in industry, manufacturing, carpentry, and so many other careers.

Below are classes in a variety of math disciplines. They contain plenty of video lessons and quizzes to help students master Common Core math standards and check progress. Available subjects and grade levels include:

Social Sciences

In grades 6-12, Oregon's content standards for social sciences courses are intertwined with Common Core history/social science literacy objectives. These are designed to help students analyze a variety of historical sources and complete writing assignments that require them to incorporate these materials into their work.

Below are more resources that can be used to supplement instruction or check students' understanding of content in their social studies classes:


Oregon has also adopted the Common Core's literacy standards for science. These benchmarks emphasize the need for students to understand key science terminology found in a text as well as any graphical representations of data. The standards also develop students' ability to follow complex instructions for conducting experiments, evaluate the conclusions drawn from scientific data presented in a text, and cite evidence to back up any claims they make in their own research projects.

These standards have been linked to the Next Generation Science Standards, which the state hopes to fully implement by the 2018-2019 school year. offers a plethora of courses designed to help students understand content in their science classes:

English Language Learning

Oregon recognizes that many of the skills necessary for English language learners to achieve fluency are the same language arts and literacy skills needed by all students. For this reason, Oregon has implemented the English Language Proficiency standards for ELL instruction. These standards fully correspond with Common Core standards and can be used to help teachers integrate language learning with ELA and math instruction in their classrooms.

For additional help, check out's Resources for Teaching English Language Learners course, which includes six chapters containing activities and lessons to aid ELL students in their progress to full fluency.

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