In June 2009, 46 states (including New Jersey), 2 territories and the District of Columbia, committed to developing a common core of state standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades K-12. The purpose of this state-led initiative was to create a rigorous set of shared standards crafted to “define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so they graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and workforce training programs.”
    The Common Core Standards Initiative (CSSI) was coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to:
    • align with college and work expectations;
    • be clear, understandable and consistent;
    • include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
    • build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
    • be informed by other top performing countries; and
    • be grounded in research and evidence.

    The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
Last Modified on August 21, 2019