About the Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) support the fundamental principle that every school-age child shall have an opportunity to develop the knowledge base and analytic skills needed to excel in a career or in a post-secondary academic setting. The standards also seek to make certain that what children learn is not based solely on where they might live. All teachers and parents, as well business leaders and college educators, benefit when there is a common understanding of the level of knowledge and skills high school graduates are expected to achieve.

The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices collaborated to develop the standards to align the K-12 learning experience with college and work expectations. The standards were produced on behalf of 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia after a lengthy research and deliberative process that included input from educators and representatives from participating states and contributions from parents, teachers, researchers, business leaders and content experts. McGraw-Hill Education is an endorsing partner of the Common Core initiative, and our experts monitored and contributed to the national dialogue.

The CCSS incorporates a cumulative learning model that results in a coherent progression across grade levels in subject matters related to English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Other subjects, including History, Social Studies, Science and Media and Technology, are also integrated into the curriculum.

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