Key Points

  • Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success incollege and careers. 45 states, including NM, along with theDistrictof Columbia,four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity have all adopted the CCSS.

  • The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics. Standards in other areas are being developed such as Next Generation Science Standards and are expected to be adopted by most states in the nation.

  • Clear and consistent standards will establish what students need to learn, while allowing schools and teachers to decide how best to help students reach the standards.

  • Whole school communities must work together for shared goals aimed at increased student progress and graduation from high school prepared to succeed and build a strong future.

  • Teachers and administrators are critical to the success of the students, schools, and for themselves as they will be utilizing the tools, strategies, curriculum, and lesson plans that open up a rich world of teaching, leading and learning.

  • includes resources for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

  • The CCSS were developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

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Common Shifts for ELA/Literacy Standards
  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

  • Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational

  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

Common Shifts for Mathematics Standards

  • Focus strongly and deeply where the standards focus

  • Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades

  • Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill, fluency, and application with equal intensity

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