• Common Core

    common core

    The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards was launched in 2009 by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia, through their membership in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life.

    The standards are informed by:

    • The best state standards already in existence
    • The experience of teachers, content experts, states, and leading thinkers
    • Feedback from the public


    Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life. The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning.

    The standards are:

    • Research and evidence based 
    • Clear, understandable, and consistent
    • Aligned with college and career expectations
    • Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
    • Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
    • Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society


    According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy.

    Read the English/Language Arts Standards here

    Read the Math Standards here

    All information on this page is taken from the Common Core State Standards Initiative webpage