What is Common Core?
The Common Core Standards can be confusing, frustrating, and stressful for teachers, parents, and even the kids. Nearly every state in the country is adopting the common core standards in one fashion or another, but what is common core really?
Common Core is a set of standards designed to make sure that students are receiving a similar education no matter where they live. Previously, certain skills might be taught in one state at different grade level than in another. Students who move from city to city, county to county, or state to state might all be at very different levels because of what was taught and when it was taught! This made for a very uneven testing field.
To combat this, most every state has adapted a common group of core skills that students should learn at age and developmentally-appropriate grade levels. So, a student that lives in one state should be learning similar materials, if perhaps in a different method, than one living in another state. This still leaves room for teacher creativity and regional differences, but the same basic concepts are taught universally.
Read below for more specific details on what standards are being taught at each grade level and how they are organized.
There are 6 Domains for the Common Core English and Language Arts. Each Domain has many standards for each grade level. These Domains are:
- Reading: Literature
- Reading: Informational Text
- Reading: Foundational Skills
- Speaking and Listening
There are 6 Domains for the Common Core Math. Each Domain has many standards for each grade level. These Domains are:
- Counting and Cardinality
- Operations and Algebraic Thinking
- Number and Operations in Base Ten
- Number and Operations – Fractions
- Measurement and Data
Each Grade Level has specific Common Core Standards for Math and English Language Arts that students must learn throughout the school year. In other words, the Common Core is basically, “What your students should learn by the end of the school year.” Use these links to learn more about your child’s Grade Level Common Core Standards in Math and English: Kindergarten Standards, First Grade Standards, Second Grade Standards, Third Grade Standards, Fourth Grade Standards, Fifth Grade Standards.