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Common Core

What is the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led 
effort that established a single set of clear educational standards in English language arts and mathematics that the State of Maine voluntarily adopted. 

The Common Core State Standards are: 
  • Aligned with college and workforce training expectations; 
  • Rigorous in content and the application of knowledge through higher-order skills; 
  • Built on strengths and lessons of previous state standards;
  • Informed by standards in other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our economy and society; and
  • Evidence-based, clear, understandable, and consistent.
For more information about the Common Core Standards in Maine, visit Maine DOE Common Core Standards
For more information about the Common Core, visit CoreStandards.org

Who has adopted the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent the first time that nearly every state has set common expectations for what students should know and be able to do. In the past, each state set its own standards, and the results varied widely. And while states collectively developed these common standards, decisions about the curriculum and teaching practices for reaching them are made locally. 

States highlighted in green have adopted the Common Core State Standards. 
States highlighted in blue only adopted the Common Core State Standards for English language arts.


How are MSAD #51 teachers using the Common Core in their teaching practice?
Teachers talk about the Common Core.