Why are the Common Core State Standards Important?

 Preparing Students to Be Career and College Ready

The main focus of the Common Core is to increase academic rigor and prepare students for postsecondary career and college opportunities. This is a world in which a very high level of preparation in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, science, literature, history, and the arts will be an indispensable foundation, and in which comfort with ideas and abstractions is the passport to a good job.

 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.

The standards were developed to be:

  •  Aligned with expectations for college and career success.
  • Clear, so educators and parents know what they need to do to help students learn.
  • Consistent across all states, so students are not taught to a lower standard just because of where they live.
  • Based on both content and the application of knowledge through high-order skills.
  • Built upon strengths and lessons of current state standards and standards of top-performing nations.
  • Realistic for effective use in the classroom.

·         Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.

·         Evidence and research-based criteria have been set by states through their national organizations CCSSO and the NGA Center.

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