Why Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards were developed by a group of experts in the fields of English language arts and mathematics. In years past all states developed their own standards. These standards varied widely across the nation from very simplistic to quite complex. As a result of these varied standards students were learning very different things depending on where they lived in the country. In 2009 a group of state Governors gathered in Chicago, IL, to discuss the challenges facing students. During this meeting they determined that in order to truly provide students with a seamless education states needed to band together to develop common standards. These standards were ultimately adopted by 45 states in the nation. Throughout the development the standards the theme of "fewer, higher, clearer" was in place; now states have common standards that are fewer in number, promote higher order thinking skills, and are more clearly written.

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