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 About the Common Core Standards


The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school. High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations that are aligned to the expectations in college and careers. The standards promote equity by ensuring all students, no matter where they live, are well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.. Unlike previous state standards, which were unique to every state in the country, the Common Core State Standards enable collaboration between states on a range of tools and policies, including: 

  • the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards;

  • the development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance annually that will replace existing state testing systems;

  • changes needed to help support educators and schools in teaching to the new standards.

 Common Core Standards link:

Department of Public Instruction for Wisconsin Common Core link:

Literacy Standards for all grades/subjects 6-12:

Literacy Ancor Standards Cheat Sheet:

Quantitative Tools to Measure Text Complexity
Lexile Framework
Coh-Metrix Easability Tool
ATOS Analyzer-Renaissance Learning
Reading Maturity-Pearson Knowledge Technologies (beta site)

Common Core Web Resources