The Common Core State Standards are designed to prepare students to succeed. The standards are evidence- and research-based, aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and skills, and are informed by other top performing countries. They were developed in consultation with teachers and parents from across the country, so they are also realistic and practical for the classroom.
The new standards focus on core conceptual understandings and processes, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach concepts and processes well and to give students the opportunity to really master them. With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can help ensure students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed and build a strong future for themselves and the country.
Common Core will facilitate conversations among parents, teachers, and children about high-level academic learning goals. Because common standards define exactly what students should know and be able to do at each grade level, they will help parents hold their schools accountable for teaching students critical content and skills needed for success.
In an increasingly mobile society, families with children transferring to new schools will not have to adjust to new learning expectations. Standards will be the same for all students in states adopting Common Core, making transitions smoother for students. The standards will provide more clarity about and consistency in what is expected of student learning across the country.