• Common Core State Standards
    Key Facts for Parents and Community Members 

    • The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are expectations for student outcomes in the core subjects of math and English.  The are clear, consistent, understandable and rigorous.
    • The CCSS are not curriculum.  Curriculum decisions, like which textbooks to purchase and which books students should read, will continue to be made locally.
    • The standards focus on the real-world skills and critical thinking that will prepare students for college and careers.
    • The effort to create the CCSS was a state-led initiative, and Tennessee has been involved from the beginning.

    Key Message

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of rigorous academic standards that will better prepare K-12 students for success in today's complicated and competitive world.  We want our students to be able to think more critically, apply knowledge, and solve complex problems as they move into college or career, and the rigor and depth of Common Core standards will help them do that.  These teacher-developed standards give us the roadmap, but curricular decisions will still be made at the state and district level, and instructional decisions will always be driven by our outstanding teachers.