Common Core Goal
The goal of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) was not to tell teachers how to teach, but instead to guide schools and districts in designing a rigorous curriculum based on what knowledge and skills students need for college and career. The CCSS were developed by states based on the principle that the primary aim of education is not to enable students to do well in school, but to help them do well in the lives they lead outside of school. Thus, CCSSI aimed to:
· ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce;
· guarantee that students are receiving a high-quality education consistently, from school to school and from state to state;
· offer an accessible road map for leaders, teachers, parents, and students;
· provide a greater opportunity to share experiences and best practices within and across states to best serve the needs of all students.
CCSS has established a set of shared national standards ensuring that students in every state are held to the same level of expectations that students in the world’s highest-performing countries are, and that they gain the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for success in postsecondary education and in the global arena.
CCSS standards have been developed in the areas of English Language Arts, mathematics, Science, social science and criteria for a set of interdisciplinary standards.
CCSS aim to 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 complete successfully in the global economy.
CCSS are fewer, higher, and clearer to best drive effective policy and practice; aligned with college and work expectations, so that all students are prepared for success upon graduating from high school; inclusive of rigorous content and applications of knowledge through higher-order skills, so that all students are prepared for the 21st century; Internationally benchmarked, so all students are prepared for succeeding in our global economy and society; and Research- and evidence-based.
California Common Core State Standards Professional Learning Modules - to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards.