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Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards based education reform. The mission of the Common Core State Standards is to 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.

Recognizing the value and need for consistent learning goals across states, in 2009 the state school chiefs and governors that comprise CCSSO and the NGA Center coordinated a state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards. Designed through collaboration among teachers, school chiefs, administrators, and other experts, the standards provide a clear and consistent framework for educators.

Formal assessment is expected to take place in the 2014–2015 school year, which coincides with the projected implementation year for most states.

This website provides links to resources with information and guidance in implementing the Common Core State Standards. You will also find a listing of APH products that can be used to teach and reinforce the concepts identified in each standard.