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Why are the Common Core State Standards important?

The new Common Core State Standards are more rigorous than the curriculum currently taught in Maryland schools. They are designed to be relevant to the real world. By the time your child graduates from high school, he or she will be ready for success in college and the workplace.

According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative website, “the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.”

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are education standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades kindergarten through 12. According to the Maryland State Department of education, the CCSS are "rigorous education standards [which] establish a set of shared goals and expectations for what students should understand and be able to do in grades K-12 in order to be prepared for success in college and the workplace. The standards are research and evidence based and internationally benchmarked. They have been voluntarily adopted by states and the District of Columbia."

How were the standards developed?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort, launched more than a year ago by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia, through their membership in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

The process used to write the standards ensured they were informed by:

  • The best state standards;
  • The experience of teachers, content experts, states and leading thinkers; and
  • Feedback from the general public.

To write the standards, the NGA Center and CCSSO brought together content experts, teachers, researchers and others.

The standards have been divided into two categories:

  • College and career readiness standards, which address what students are expected to learn by the time they have graduated from high school; and
  • K-12 standards, which address expectations for elementary through high school.

The NGA Center and CCSSO received nearly 10,000 comments on the standards during two public comment periods. Comments, many of which helped shape the final version of the standards, came from teachers, parents, school administrators and other citizens concerned with education policy.

  • The draft college and career ready graduation standards were released for public comment in September 2009; and
  • The draft K-12 standards were released for public comment in March 2010.
  • The final standards were released in June 2010.

An advisory group has provided advice and guidance to shape the initiative. Members of this group include experts from Achieve, Inc., ACT, the College Board, the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

Source:Common Core State Standards Initiative: Resources/Process

Maryland’s Adoption of Common Core State Standards

Maryland was one of the first States in the nation to adopt the Common Core State Standards in reading/English language arts and mathematics. The State Board of Education adopted the standards by unanimous vote in June 2010.

The Common Core State Standards form the foundation for Maryland's new State curriculum. Hundreds of classroom educators, instructional leaders, administrators, and higher education representatives continue to assist State officials in developing the new Maryland Common Core State Curriculum to support the implementation of these new standards. The new State curriculum was implemented in all Maryland schools in the 2013-2014 school year.

Source:Maryland State Department of Education: Common Core State Standards

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