The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts 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.
The Common Core State Standards help students to:
1. demonstrate independence
2. build strong content knowledge about specific subjects
3. Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and subject area
4. Comprehend as well as critique and evaluate
5. Value evidence
6. Use technology and digital media strategically and capably
7. better understand other perspectives and cultures
The reading standards are separated into three sections: Literature, Informational Text, and Foundational Skills. The other sections are Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. For more information, visit the Common Core State Standards Initiative web site.