- What are the Common Core State Standards?
The Common Core State Standards are a set of expectations that outline what students should be learning in English/language arts and mathematics at each grade level (K-12).
- What is the goal of the CCSS?
The goal of the CCSS is to make sure that all students are well prepared for college, technical education, or the workplace after high school graduation.
- Do the standards tell teachers how to teach?
No. The CCSS do not tell teachers how to teach; they simply outline the skills that all students should master.
- Are there standards for science, social studies and other content areas?
No. At this time, the CCSS do not address content areas other than reading/language arts and mathematics.
- Why were the CCSS created?
Currently, each individual state has its own education standards, and there is little consistency from one state to another.
- Who wrote the standards?
The CCSS were not developed by the federal government, but by a group of educators and experts coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
- How will student progress in meeting the standards be measured?
As of now, it is not clear how students’ progress toward meeting the standards will be measured or assessed but it will be some type of test.
- Are there special instructions for English language learners?
No. The authors of the CCSS provided guidelines for implementing the standards with English language learners and with students receiving special education services.
- Do the standards include information about English language levels or proficiency?
One of the main considerations regarding the use of the CCSS with English language learners will be to align the new standards with existing English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards.
- Where can I learn more? http://www.corestandards.org/