In June of 2009, as a critical part of its Promises to Keep efforts, the State Board voted to participate in the development of new Common Core State Standards in Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics. As you may know, the development of Common Core State Standards was a state‐led iniative, not one led by the federal government; thus, the standards are Common Core State Standards, not national standards.
Strengths of the New Core The common core state standards:
Are aligned with college and work expectations.
Are clear, understandable and consistent.
Include rigorous content, essential academic skills and application of knowledge through high-order skills.
Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards.
Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.