CCLS for Parents
Common Core State Standards Parent Resources
The Common Core Standards Initiative is a joint effort led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a common core of K-12 standards in English language arts and Mathematics. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define a staircase to college and career readiness and build upon the strengths of previous state standards and international benchmarks.
The 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 college courses and workforce training programs. The CCSS differ from state standards in that they are aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, and are informed by other top performing countries so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy. The Standards provide clear goals for student learning and are framed by a series of shifts or changes in the way teachers focus instructional activities.
The new Common Core Standards are not intended to be new names for old ways of doing business. They are a call to take the next step. The intent is to provide teachers and parents with benchmarks or guideposts along a student’s school career that indicate they are on a path to be college and career ready. The new standards and assessments prepare students to succeed in college and the workforce, and they provide schools with a clear, focused roadmap for what to teach and when to teach it.
This page was created as a means for parents to discover more about the new Common Core State Standards and assessments. Please click on the links below to access documents created by New York State that help to clarify the standards and provide samples that give parents a perspective on how instruction and assessment is changing.
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