I’ve been receiving some follow-up questions from some parents about the core standards and so I thought I’d post another article with another author’s perspective I found in this article by Nathan Robertson from GoArticles.com

**What Are The Common Core Standards?**

The Common Core Standards (CCS) is a national program in the United States that has been adopted by a majority of the states. It is designed to clearly lay out what is expected of each student according to what grade level they are in.

The Purpose of Common Core Standards

According to the Common Core Standards website, the mission of the initiative is to set forth a clear and consistent understanding of exactly what children need to learn during each grade level. These requirements help parents and teachers to know how they can help the student. The standards are meant to correlate with what the child will face in the real world, so that he or she will be ready for college and a successful career. The better prepared students are, the more likely they will have a positive contribution to society. This will help the American people be able to successfully compete in a global economy.

How were the Common Core Standards Developed?

A lot of time and research went into forming the Common Core Standards. They were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA Center). These groups worked with participating states’ representatives, educators, community and national organizations, researchers and content experts to come up with the final Standards.

When developing the Standards, these groups followed certain criteria to ensure that students were learning what was important. They designed the Standards to build upon the lessons and state standards that were currently in place, but to also include rigorous content. They wanted the Standards to coordinate with college and career expectations and to be based on evidence and research. These groups looked at the top-performing countries and what they were doing. Based on these observations, they implemented changes in order to prepare students to be successful in the global economy.

What is Included in the Common Core Standards?

The Common Core Standards set forth requirements in both English and mathematics. They also include standards for literacy in science, history and technical subjects. These are skills that a student is expected to know when he or she finishes each grade level from kindergarten to 12th grade.

In Conclusion

When the Common Core Standards are followed, parents, teachers and students can work together toward a common goal. As formative assessments are done each year and compared to the CCS, the child’s progress can be monitored. This ensures that the student is prepared for success in the future, both in college and his or her chosen career.

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According to the Common Core Standards ( CCS ) website, the mission of the initiative is to set forth a clear and consistent understanding of exactly what children need to learn during each grade level. Formative assessments are conducted annually to measure progress.

I hope that helps with your understanding of the common core standards and makes it a little more clear for you all!

Have a great day.