Common Core State Standards
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Common Core State Standards

Common Core is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.

Common Core provides:

  • Consistent learning expectations for all students.
  • Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization.
  • Emphasis on the critical topics students need to succeed after high school.
  • Faster testing results with a better, more focused online assessment system.

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

Washington's Transition and Implementation
By 2014-15 these standards will be fully implemented and student achievement will be measured by a new assessment system.

Assessments Aligned with the Standards
The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) will create state-of-the-art online exams to provide accurate assessment information to teachers and others on the progress of all students, including those with disabilities, English Language Learners and low- and high-performing students.

Webinars and Events
Get all the materials from past webinars and sign up for upcoming sessions.

Washington joined the initiative in 2009 and adopted the standards in July 2011.

Our Partners
The transition to Common Core is the collaborative effort of dozens of organizations.



Math Standards Link
English Language Arts Standards Link

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