Common Core State Standards

  • CCSS Initiative "Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.
    The standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful."
    Get the facts about the Common Core on the Myths vs. Facts page.
    Get more answers on the Frequently Asked Questions page.
    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) states:
    “Common Core is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.
    Common Core provides:
    • Consistent learning expectations for all students.
    • Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization.
    • Emphasis on the critical topics students need to succeed after high school.
    • Faster testing results with a better, more focused online assessment system.”

    For more detailed information on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), please visit the OSPI website >>