Common Core Content Standards Appendices
(Common Core State Standards Initiative)
What are Common Core State Standards?
Developed voluntarily and cooperatively by 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, the Common Core State Standards offer schools, teachers, students and parents clear, understandable and consistent standards in math and English language arts. The Common Core standards define the knowledge and skills students need to be prepared for college and career opportunities. They are internationally competitive and evidence-based. California is one of more than 45 states to adopt the Common Core.
The standards replace California's previous math, Reading and Writing learning standards. They do not replace our state learning standards in other subjects. What makes the standards unique is that they emphasize critical thinking and problem solving. The goal is to understand content rather than to memorize it.
Who developed the standards?
The Common Core standards were developed by the Council for Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. The two organizations convened a group to help write the standards. Washington state teachers, parents and administrators played an important role in this process.
Who determines state learning standards?
Each state determines its own learning standards for each subject. In addition to adopting the Common Core for math and English language arts, California has learning standards in other content areas. Learning standards are revised every four to six years, with input from educators, parents and community members from around our state.
Why are common standards important?
Having a common set of math and English Language Arts standards across states will result in efficiencies for students, teachers and state budgets. For example, a student moving from one state to another should have a fairly seamless transition because the standards will be the same for both states. Teacher training programs and curricular materials can be developed using the common standards.