- Are aligned with college and workforce expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high order skills;
- Build upon the strength of our current state standards;
- Are informed by standards in other top performing countries, so all students are prepared to succeed in the global economy and society;
- Are evidence-and research-based.
The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and other experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our students for college and the workforce.
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education so they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit- bearing academic college courses and in the workforce. They are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world. The new learning standards stress conceptual understanding and application. They are internationally benchmarked to guarantee our students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace.
The Arkansas State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010. With our students fully prepared for the future, our state will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.