What Are Common Core Standards?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Common Core Standards are national educational guidelines for students in kindergarten through high school. Read on to understand the goals and purpose of Common Core Standards, and to explore tools that help teachers incorporate these standards into their lesson plans.

Common Core Standards Overview

Common Core Standards, which were adopted by most states in 2010, federally systematize grade-by-grade learning goals in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The standards are educational objectives from which each individual state, district or school may create the curriculum they feel is appropriate to achieve those goals. The Common Core Standards initiative ultimately aims to hold all high school graduates across the country to common expectations of career or college readiness. For kindergarten through grade 8, there are math and English language arts/literacy standards for each grade. At the high-school level, the standards are grouped into grades 9 and 10, and grades 11 and 12.

A consortium of state education chiefs, governors and education researchers created Common Core Standards to replace the previous standards, which were set individually by each state and, therefore, resulted in discrepancies in expectations for high school graduates nationwide. The resulting Common Core Standards reflect educational guidelines and goals that have been successful for both individual states and other countries.

Implementing Common Core Standards

As of 2015, more than 40 U.S. states have adopted Common Core Standards. Educators in those states, therefore, must ensure that they are preparing students to meet these new educational expectations. Study.com offers teachers tools to help them align lesson plans with Common Core Standards. These include video lessons that may be assigned for homework or used to supplement classroom instruction, and short quizzes to help measure understanding of the standards. To explore a few of these resources see:

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