High, consistent standards for all students

We believe that every student can master the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world. And if we have high expectations for all of our students, they will rise to the challenge.

This is the idea behind the Common Core State Standards—a set of clear, consistent guidelines for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in math and English language arts. The standards were developed through an initiative led by state education chiefs and governors. Today, more than 42 states and the District of Columbia are using the standards.

Student outcomes are improving in states using the standards:

  • ACT scores are up in places like Tennessee, Louisiana, and in Kentucky, the first state to adopt the Common Core.
  • In New York, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 reading proficiently increased nearly seven percentage points from 2015 to 2016.
  • In New Jersey, a higher percentage of students in nearly every grade and subject met or exceeded expectations on state tests aligned to the Common Core, indicating they’re on track to be college and career ready.

Standards are helping students achieve at higher levels. Teachers need more high-quality resources aligned to the standards, as well as more time to collaborate so that they can find the best ways to support student success. That is why we are committed to ensuring teachers have standards-aligned resources and meaningful learning opportunities.

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