Mission Statement
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Mantra - Fewer, Clearer, Higher

A Shift in Teaching and Learning
(Consider the Singapore saying... Teach less, learn more)

Shifts in English Language Arts (ELA)
These apply to content area (social studies, science, and technical subject) teachers as well as to English teachers.
1) Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts in addition to literature
2) Reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text
3) Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary (words like commit and synthesize)

Shifts in Mathematics
1) Focus: 2–4 critical areas focused on deeply in each grade
2) Coherence: Concepts logically connected from one grade to the next and linked to other major topics within the grade
3) Rigor: Fluency with arithmetic, application of knowledge to real world situations, and deep understanding of mathematical concepts

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