School boards across California are wrestling with implementation of the “Common Core State Standards” as part of the new local control accountability plans required for state funding. So, the Common Core has recently become a hot topic in education circles.
The Common Core is an “academic blueprint” for the critical subjects of language arts and mathematics. It outlines what students are expected to learn upon completing each grade or high school course. Developed as a voluntary, nonpartisan effort in 2009-10 by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Common Core is intended to strengthen academic content in the nation’s public schools. Almost all of the states have chosen to adopt it.