June 2, 2010, North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in
K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts released by the
National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council
of Chief State School Officers. With the adoption of these state-led
education standards, North Carolina is in the first group of states to
embrace clear and consistent goals for learning to prepare children for
success in college and work.
"The Common Core State
Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of
clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics
that states can voluntarily adopt. The standards have been informed by
the best available evidence and the highest state standards across the
country and globe and designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts,
parents, and school administrators, so they reflect both our aspirations
for our children and the realities of the classroom. These standards
are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are
prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents,
teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of
them. The standards are benchmarked to international standards to
guarantee that our students are competitive in the emerging global
marketplace.” ~ Thomas Feller, Jr.
were developed through cooperation of “parents, teachers, school
administrators and experts from across the country together with state
leaders, through their membership in the Council of Chief State School
Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best
Practices (NGA Center)” (both quotes taken from the Common Core State
Standards FAQ website). Currently, 43 states, plus the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands have adopted the CCSS.
The full Common Core standards can be viewed at www.corestandards.org. A copy of the slides used at the June 2nd North Carolina Board of Education meeting can be found below.
June Presentation to SBE on Common Core