What is Common Core?

Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in Mathematics and English/Language Arts. In 2009, state governors and state leaders in education came together with the goal of ensuring that all students had the knowledge and skills necessary to either enter college or a career upon graduation. They sought to create standards, or learning goals, that outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The curriculum to reach those goals is determined by the states.

Since 2010, 43 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the standards.