What is Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ?
- Common Core is a new set of academic standards for students. It gives students across the country consistent educational goals with benchmarks in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.
Why was Common Core created?
- Before Common Core, educational standards were developed by each individual state. With many different standards, it was difficult to tell how well students were performing in school. Common Core was established so that expectations are consistent across the country and to ensure those goals measure up to international standards.
Why are educators excited about Common Core?
- The new standards identify what students should know in order to be in college and career ready, but they allow educators more flexibility on what and how to teach. Common Core gives students more options to learn concepts in ways they understand.