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Common Core

Common Core Resources for Parents


What is Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics.

What do educational standards entail?

Common Core is intended to cover fewer topics in greater depth at each grade level. In English language arts, the Common Core State Standards require certain content for all students, including: Classic myths and stories from around the world; America’s Founding Documents; Foundational American literature: and Shakespeare. The remaining decisions about what content should be taught are left to state and local determination. In addition to content coverage, the Common Core State Standards require that students systematically acquire knowledge in literature and other disciplines through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

In Mathematics, the Common Core State Standards lay a solid foundation in: whole numbers; addition; subtraction; multiplication; division; fractions; and decimals. The middle school and high school standards call on students to practice applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues and challenges in an attempt to prepare students to think and reason mathematically.

Additional Websites and Documents 

Focus on 4 of the 8 Essential Elements of PBL
1. Significant Content
2. 21st Century Skills
3. Revision and Reflection
4. Voice and Choice

SME Annual Parent Summit 1/16/14 Handouts

For Language Arts visit

For Mathematics visit

Language Arts
Parent Guides
Parent Guides
Kindergarten Kindergarten
First First
Second Second
Third Third
Fourth Fourth
Fifth Fifth

For more information on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and literacy, go to the-standards/key-points-in-english-language-arts or http://www.

For more information on the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, click here or visit

For more information on the standards in mathematics related to place value (Number and Operations in Base Ten) or fractions, go to

For more information on helping your child learn mathematics (with activities from pre-school to grade five), go to parents/academic/help/math/index.html.