Students in Washington State deserve high-quality standards and tests to prepare them for career and college success.
Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards, or “Common Core,” are academic learning goals for grades K-12 in math and English language arts. Common Core sets goals or standards that focus on deeper understanding of basic subjects in order to better prepare students for success in college, work, and life. Common Core is part of Washington’s K-12 State Learning Standards and were adopted in 2011.
Clear standards that focus on deeper understanding
Before Common Core, all 50 states had different sets of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in each grade. Common Core provides a consistent set of learning standards and expectations for all students, no matter where they live.
Building the critical skills students need in the job market
Right now, Washington has 25,000 unfilled jobs for highly-skilled workers –- and that number is projected to double by 2017. Common Core focuses on building and applying real-world skills students need to be ready for college and work– so they can be more competitive in the new global economy.
Consistent learning expectations for all students
Common Core goes deeper into fewer topics and focuses on developing students’ deeper understanding of key concepts. The standards build on one another, allowing students to apply the skills and knowledge they learned in the previous grade to real-life situations.
We invite you to explore this section of our website to learn more about these new standards, what it means for your student, and how you can be prepared for the change. We also encourage your to view these handouts that broadly covers grade-by-grade learning expectations.
This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. Watch the Spanish version here