The Common Core State Standards are the result of several states’ initiative and coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards describe “the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers” in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Appropriate benchmarks are established and provide a common framework for teachers. These standards do not stipulate specific texts, topics, or teaching strategies.

A significant advantage in using the Common Core State Standards is that they are more general with broader curriculum application and can potentially lead to higher-level thinking and mastery of 21st century skills rather than focus on lower-level test-prep answers. There is an increased level of rigor expected when using the CCSS.

Many of our products and/or activities within our resources are aligned specifically to the CCSS, state standards, Next Generation Science Standards, or generic standards.


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