The Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards in Mathematics and English language arts. The standards are an outline of what students should be able to do at the end of each school year. These standards began as a goal to standardized learning objectives across the country, so students everywhere receive the same education no matter where they live and to close the achievement gap (Funk & Wagnalls, 2015). They apply to grades K through twelve. The achievement gap is widely criticized for being in favor for white students, because they have access to higher quality of schools- even in public schools. Poverty stricken schools are filled with poverty stricken children. This is partially because of location and districts, and other reasons, such as money. Children with families of higher income can afford a higher education, or live in a higher end county- which means higher end schools and districts. This eliminates learning gaps between state public schools by applying uniform expectations; this way if a student chooses to go into a college out of state there will be no worries concerning entry knowledge levels. The standards are outlined on the Common Core website as:
“The standards are:
1. Research- and evidence-based
2. Clear, understandable, and consistent
3. Aligned with college and career expectations
4. Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
5. Built upon the
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