What's the Common Core Framework?

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

The Common Core outlines a series of standards to help teachers and parents identify learning goals for students in grades K-12. These standards are organized into two frameworks for ELA/Literacy and Math. Keep reading to learn more about what's included in the frameworks and discover resources that can help your student meet these standards.

Purpose of the Common Core

The Common Core standards were developed to ensure that students are being properly prepared for college and career. Currently 42 states, as well as D.C, use the Common Core as a guideline when developing their own educational standards for grades K-12. The Common Core is not to be confused with a standardized curriculum. It addresses skills and knowledge that students need, while a curriculum is a means for helping students learn and master said skills.

ELA/Literacy Framework

The ELA/literacy framework encompasses standards for English language arts as well as literacy in science, social studies/history, and other technical subjects. This area of the Common Core is geared toward building students' critical-thinking skills as well as their ability to analyze texts and present effective arguments. As grade levels increase, students delve into increasingly complicated fiction and nonfiction materials.

The ELA/literacy standards cover several areas, or content domains: reading, speaking and listening, writing, and language. To see what lessons aligned with standards in each of these domains might look like, see the links below:

Grade Level Domain
Grades 11-12 Language, Literature, Informational Texts, Writing, Speaking and Listening, Literacy for History and Social Studies
Grades 9-10 Literature, Writing, Language, Speaking and Listening, Informational Texts
Grade 8 Writing, Literature, Language
Grade 7 Literature, Language Standards, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Mathematics Framework

Standards in the mathematics framework outline a steady progression of math skills and concepts that build on each other. This develops students' 'mathematical maturity', or their ability to apply the math concepts and problem-solving skills they've already learned to solve new problems. Students refine this ability by continually reviewing key mathematical principles before delving into new material. See the links below for some examples of math lessons aligned with the Common Core standards:

Grade Level Domain
Grades 9-12 Number and Quantity, Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Geometry, Functions
Grade 8 Number System, Functions, Expressions and Equations, Statistics and Probability, Geometry
Grade 7 Number System, Expressions and Equations, Ratios and Proportional Relationship, Statistics and Probability, Geometry
Grade 6 Number System, Statistics and Probability, Geometry