The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) movement is a state-led initiative designed to provide clarity and consistency in what is expected of K-12 student learning across the country. The standards cover content in English Language Arts and mathematics and are designed to ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers. After ensuring that the grade-level requirements outlined by the CCSS aligned to Missouri’s Show-Me Standards, the Missouri State Board of Education chose to formally adopt the standards in 2010. The Standards are a critical step in helping Missouri reach the top 10 performing states by year 2020.
Each standard includes four features: it is research and evidence-based; it is aligned with college and work expectations; it is rigorous; and it is internationally benchmarked.
How were the Common Core State Standards developed?
In short, the standards were written by practitioners and content experts in many states, including Missouri, under the leadership of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. The National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), were instrumental in bringing together teachers and administrators to provide specific, constructive feedback on the standards. The Standards were not commissioned by the federal government, nor were they written by federal employees.
Who else is supporting the Common Core State Standards?
Over 40 states, including Missouri, have adopted them. Because the Standards are informed by other top-performing countries, over 70 businesses and corporations have voiced their support, recognizing that they are critical in ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society. Business leaders supporting CCSS include Boeing, Accenture, BP America, Intel, and 3M.
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Resources to learn more about the Common Core State Standards:
Resources for Educators
Resources for Parents
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