The Common Core learning standards for kindergarten through 12th grade students can be found at CoreStandards.org, the website of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The standards are divided into two sections, mathematics and English language arts/literacy.
The Common Core State Standards represent a set of high-quality learning goals in mathematics and English language arts and literacy, according to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. These academic standards clearly define what a student should know and accomplish at each grade level, regardless of where they live in the United States. As of 2015, Common Core has been voluntarily adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, the Department of Defense Education Activity and four U.S. territories have adopted these standards.
These academic benchmarks are informed by the top-performing school districts in the United States and in other countries where students perform well, notes the Common Core State Standards Initiative. Additionally, they are designed to be research-and evidence-based, clear and consistent and aligned with both college and career goals. They focus on advanced thinking skills and academically demanding content. However, the Common Core is not a curriculum. Educators still have the freedom to teach the standards according to the needs of their students.