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Understanding The Common Core State Standards

If you have a child in school today, chances are you’ve heard something about the Common Core State Standards . Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have decided to align their instruction to these standards, promising sweeping changes to classrooms across the country over the next several years. What are the Common Core State Standards? Why are they important? Where did they come from? What is Southwestern Advantage’s connection to the Common Core? The answers to these critical questions will help parents understand exactly what the Common Core is all about, and what it means for your child’s education. WHAT ARE THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS? Common Core State Standards are a set of standards, not a curriculum . The Common Core State Standards are a common set of educational standards defining the mathematics and English language arts knowledge and skills all United States students in grades K-12 need to be successfully prepared for college and the workforce in the 21st