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What is Common Core?

About Common Core

The Kindergarten-12 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent a set of expectations for student knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and careers. CCSS will help ensure that students receive a high quality education consistent, from school to school and state to state. The development of the CCSS was spearheaded by two organizations - the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. View Frequently Asked Questions,  helpful facts and what parents should know about Common Core (download Myth vs. Facts Q&A in PDF format).
The criteria used to develop the CCSS were:
  • Aligned with college and work expectations
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards
  • Informed by top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
  • Evidence and/or research-based

Standards-based Report Cards & Common Core
We've updated a ten minute video about standards-based report cards currently used in grades 1-5. Click on the frames below to view in English or Spanish (requires Flash to playback on your PC, tablet, or other device).


Video in English


Video in Español