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Why Common Core Standards?

Why Common Core Standards?


California educators have joined a national movement to adopt common standards and
assessments for English language arts and mathematics. Currently, standards for what
students should know and be able to do vary among states, as does the difficulty of the
assessments used to determine whether students are meeting those standards. Common
standards allow for collaboration among states on best practices and professional development.


Common learning goals provide a clear vision of what educators and parents in all states should aim for. These learning goals help ensure that students meet college and work expectations, are prepared to succeed in a global economy and society, and are provided with rigorous content and application of higher knowledge thinking. Benchmarked against international standards, the Common Core Standards assist students in their preparation to complete the requirements for enrollment at a California public university.