What is the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led effort intended to provide more clarity about and consistency in what is expected of student learning across the country.  These resources provide an introduction to the standards as well as recommended resources.

Recommended Resources

Colorín Colorado Series: Common Core Overview

Where can I see the standards?

You can find the standards and all related official documents on the official CCSS website. For a direct link to the standards, see below:


For more information, take a look at these introductory videos from the Teaching Channel, a great resource that can be used with educators and families:

To learn how the standards were created, browse the Hunt Institute video library, and for a great video illustrating the Common Core shifts, take a look at Teaching is the Core from engageNY.