Developed in 2009, the Common Core is designed to set students up for success now and in their futures ahead. How? By implementing nationwide educational standards in two critical areas: English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. All in an effort to ensure our students gain valuable knowledge that will prepare them for each grade level and, ultimately, their futures in college and the workforce.
The Common Core was developed by educational leaders from 48 states, including state leaders, governors, state commissioners, and — of course — teachers. Working in tandem with membership organizations, they came up with a list of clear standards and expectations from students in each grade level, outlining what they should know (and be able to do) upon completing each school year and graduating from high school.
In the U.S., 41 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted the Common Core State Standards, which are routinely reviewed to meet the highest level of academic standards. Each individual state can choose to change or add to these standards to meet the needs of their students. But Common Core goes beyond just educational standards; it provides teachers, parents, and caregivers expectations to ensure each and every student has the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in life.
But how students gain those skills and knowledge — that’s left to teachers and their curriculums and creativity. And eSpark Learning is here to help along the way.