New York Times
This school year’s kindergarteners won’t ever have to take the California Standards Test. But don’t get jealous just yet, every other student in America. Starting in the 2014-15 school year, California’s old standards will be fully replaced by a new set that comes with a new assessment test.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as the name indicates, are the end goal of a nationwide initiative to set a common set of internationally benchmarked math and English language standards. Currently, all states have different standards and assessments, which make it difficult to compare test results, student achievement, and education quality across borders. The Common Core will level out the playing field, so to speak, by having the same curriculum principles and evaluations.