The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia developed a common core of state standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades k-12.

Today's students are preparing to enter a global economy where they will be competing for jobs with students from around the world. These standards seek to define the knowledge and skills that students should have to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic courses and in workforce training programs. Moreover, they are internationally benchmarked to ensure that all of America's students are prepared to succeed in a global society.

More information, including the final standards, frequently asked questions, and a summary of feedback can be found at www.corestandards.org.

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