Washington State adopted the Common Core State Standards on July 20, 2011. Implementation will be phased in by the 2014-2015 school year. For more information on Washington State and the Common Core State Standards, please click here to reach OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction).

What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics that states can voluntarily adopt. The standards have been informed by the best available evidence and the highest state standards across the country and globe and designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts, parents, and school administrators, so they reflect both our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. The standards are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that our students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace.

From: Common Core State Standards Initiative - FAQ

Click here for more Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) about the Common Core State Standards Initiative from its website.

Video from the National PTA on Common Core State Standards:

Helpful Information for Parents of 1st Grade Students:
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Common Core State Standards K-5 English/Literacy

Common Core State Standards K-5 Mathematics