What is the Common Core?
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. These Standards have been created by the best available evidence and the highest state standards across the country and globe. 45 States have adopted the CCSS.
The Mission: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Check out www.corestandards.org for more information.
What are the NC Essential Standards?
For subjects other than English and Math, North Carolina has adopted Essential Standards that were written using the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy (RBT). North Carolina has chosen RBT to help move to the complex thinking expected from 21st Century graduates. The RBT was chosen because it has well-defined verbs and is built on modern cognitive research (Information provided by NC DPI).