The Common Core State Standards were created under the sponsorship of the National Governors Association and the Chief State of School Officers. The focus of the standards is on Language Arts and Mathematics grades K-12. 47 states in the U.S. have agreed to adopt the Common Core Standards.
The standards were developed to raise our Nation’s standards to other educational systems around the world and increase consistency in our expectations from state to state. The new standards focus on higher level thinking, rather than memorization and recall. This is essentially moving learning to the next level of application and synthesis of the content. In the process of developing the Common Core educators discussed what a college or career ready student must know. This process is known as “backwards design,” from this point standards were defined at each level. They can be accessed on the internet at http://www.corestandards.org