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Common Core Overview

Understanding Common Core

Common Core is a set of standards. It is not a curriculum. It is not a textbook. It is not a method of teaching.

Common Core does not dictate how to meet the needs of students in the classroom.


Instead, Common Core sets the bar for what all students need to know each year to be on track for college and career readiness. Common Core standards simply spell out expectations of what students should know and be able to do at the end of every grade, from kindergarten through high school. They cover reading, writing, speaking and listening, vocabulary and mathematics. They are brief and deal with fundamentals.


An easy way to learn more about the Common Core standards at each grade level is to visit the National PTA website. They have created Parent Guides outlining the standards of each grade level.