Common Core AT A GLANCE
■ Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a national effort launched in 2009 to develop common academic standards for all 50 states in English Language Arts and mathematics for grades 3-8. So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Common Core.
■ One of the primary goals is to develop a common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked, aligned with work and post-secondary education expectations and inclusive of the higher order skills that students need, according to the New York State Education Department.
■ Common Core learning standards were adopted by the New York State Board of Regents in 2011 to replace the former New York state standards in English Language Arts, literacy and math.
■ In New York, state assessments based on the Common Core standards were implemented in the 2012-13 school year for grades 3-8.
■ Common Core assessments have faced criticism from educators and parents who argue that students are being tested on material they havent been taught. Some educators also believe they have lost some control in deciding how and what they will teach.
Sources: New York State Education Department and interviews with local educators