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Common Core Standards Initiative -- and Common Core State Standards

Updated August 26, 2014

What is the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI) ?

The CCSI is a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12 developed by Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia. It is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

About the Standards

"These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs."

The standards are:

Aligned with college and work expectations;
Clear, understandable and consistent;
Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and Evidence-based.

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the first official public draft of the K-12 standards as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative,

Source: Common Core Standards Initiative

About the Standards

There are now several States and Agencies releasing free Practice Tests or Sample Test Questions aligned with Common Core.

On June 2, 2010 The National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs Launched the Common State Academic Standards

Key Points in English Language Arts

Key Points in Mathematics

READ THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS --

The following Files are *.pdf files and require Acrobat

Introduction to the Common Core State Standards

Applications of the Starndards for English Language Learners

Application to Students with Disabilities

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts&Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science
and Technical Subjects

English Language Arts Appendix A

English Language Arts Appendix B

English Language Arts Appendix C

Common Core Standards for Mathematics

Mathematics Appendix A

--HTML FILES BY GRADE -- Kindergarten - Gr. 8 and High School

The Standards » English Language Arts Standards

The Standards » Mathematics


Why is the Common State Standards Initiative (CCSI) important for the country?

".Today we live in a world without borders. To maintain America’s competitive edge, we need all of our students to be well prepared and ready to compete with not only their American peers, but with students from around the world. CCSSO and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) in partnership with Achieve, Inc., ACT, and the College Board have initiated a state-led process of developing and adopting a common core of state standards (Common Core State Standards Initiative). This initiative will build off of the research and good work states have already done to build and implement high-quality standards. This work presents a significant and historic opportunity for states to accelerate and drive education reform toward the ultimate goal of children—from states across the country—graduating from high school ready for college, work, and success in the global economy. CCSSO and the NGA Center believe every student must be as prepared as their peers in all states across the country and those peers in high-achieving countries." source: Council of Chief State School Officers

NATIONAL TESTS

How will testing under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) be performed?

States appear to be ready for testing in 2014, many will develop an online strategy. The tests will be developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Both of these organizations were awarded funds in September 2010 from the Race to the Top Assessment Program to create national online state standardized tests in mathematics and English language arts in line with Common Core State Standards (United States Secretary of Education Duncan, 2010). Read more -- Feds Award $330 Million To Find Alternatives to High-Stakes Bubble Tests

PARCC, a coalition of 26 states and administrative divisions, will focus on an approach that is designed eliminate the end term tests with assessments administered several times during the year resulting in an average final score.

SBAC, a coalition of 31 states, will take an approach that makes use of computer adaptive technology that will ask students tailored questions based on their previous answers.

COMMON CORE SCIENCE STANDARDS

The Common Core Standards have not yet developed a Science Curriculum.

Edinformatics has designed a two part science test for end of year 8th grade which contains material necessary to prepare students for higher level science courses.

EDINFORMATICS SCIENCE CHALLENGENEW

This two part science test was written by Edinformatics to challenge the very best of our science students. The test can be taken online and graded. There are content pages for each of the questions of part I.

The test has two parts: Part 1- Knowledge and Concepts -- Part 2 - Reasoning and Analysis

STATE APPROVAL OF STANDARDS

The Common Core Standards Initiative Website currently keeps track of States that have adopted the program. Many states are making their own additions.

State Updates

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky

  Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

 

School and Student Performance Data-- The Nations Report Card.

Results of the 2009 NAEP mathematics assessment at grades 4 and 8 are now available. The assessment was administered in the winter of 2009 to a representative sample of 168,800 fourth-graders and 161,700 eighth-graders from 16,540 schools. Results of the grade 12 assessment will be available in 2010. Scores for most districts were higher than in 2003, but few make gains since 2007 see summary table for Nations largest city school districts.

Mathematics - 2009 Results
Reading 2007 results
Science
Writing -- Test in 2007
Geography -- Scores from 2001 (New Test in 2010)
Economics -- Test given in 2006
Civics -- Test in 2006 Results in 2007 (New Test in 2010)
The Arts -- 1999 and 2008 Results
US History -- 2006 Test, new test 2010

Note: The 2010 NAEP Assessments are underway now in civics, geography, and U.S. history

For additional information see:
The Nation's Report Card--4, 8th and 12 gr-- 2010 Assessments


Commentaries

Common Core education standards: Impressive, balanced, serious -- Thomas B. Fordham Institute -- Advancing Educational Excellence

A Not-To-Be-Missed Opportunity for American Education -- Core Knowledge

CCSSI’s K-12 Standards Earn An A- -- Common Core

Draft common core finally out -- The Educated Guess

Common Core State Standards FAQ-- New York State Education Department

Problem(s) with the Common Core Standards -- Washington Post Blog

Racing to National Tests? Chester E. Finn Jr


Other International Curriculum Plans

National Standards

The National Curriculum (United Kingdom) New 2006 Level 'A' Singapore Curriculum Plans Australia
British Columbia South Africa Ontario
Hong Kong New Zealand  

 

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