Common Core State Standards

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Common Core State Standards, or Common Core for short, has been making headlines in 2014. Not a curriculum, Common Core is a set of standards defining the skills in which students from kindergarten through 12th grade need to have each year in order to be prepared for the next grade. Creating these national academic standards was a state-led initiative that included a coalition of educators and governors. Administrators, educators and parents participated in the developement of the actual standards. Here's a look at how Common Core evolved.

In 2009, the National Governors Association (NGA) asked a group of educators to develop a common set of rigorous standards for grades k-12 "to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them." Once the team of educators came up with the standards, they were copyrighted by the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officer (CCSSO). The CCSSO and NGA Center provide State Education Departments a license to use the standards on the conditions that those states use the standards in whole and that they uphold those standards.

Race to the Top

The Obama Administration gave states incentives to adopt the Common Core Standards through Race to the Top grants. Part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Race to the Top rewards states that comply with Common Core standards, build data systems,
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