Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and education experts to establish clear goals for learning that will prepare children for college and the workforce. The standards represent an aspirational document, which is our best current description of what we want our students to learn and be able to do in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The standards are not curricula. Local districts and teachers have authority over how to help students meet these standards. We (AOE) help on the expertise and professional judgment of educators to figure out how to personalize instruction to achieve these goals.

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) website has been refreshed in order to make it easier for all visitors—including parents, educators and policy makers—to obtain clear and accurate information about the Common Core.

As a result of the adoption of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and the development of new assessments to measure student achievement of those standards, the Agency of Education (AOE) has worked with an internal and external group to develop the 2013–2014 Standards and Assessment Implementation Guide. This guide builds on the previous Common Core State Standards Implementation Guide and attempts to coordinate these various state-wide efforts.

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Common Core State Standards Implementation (CCSSI) Guide
In the fall of 2012, a diverse group of people at the Department of Education collaborated to develop a comprehensive guide for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The CCSSI guide identifies goals for the implementation plan, key implementation steps as well as key contacts. It is divided into four sections: Professional Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Communication Plan; and Infrastructure/Internal Work. It is viewed as a living document that will be revised over time to reflect the changing needs of Vermont educators and educational systems.

Let's Talk Education: Let’s Talk Standards
Vermont educators talk about the Common Core standards and what it looks like in the classroom.

Vermont's Transition to the Common Core State Standards
The documents, Vermont's Transition to the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Mathematics, were written in 2011 to detail initial recommendations for professional learning aligned to the instructional changes required by the Common Core. This professional learning plan was developed by Vermont educators and professional development providers in collaboration with department staff. These documents are intended to provide schools and districts with guidance during the transition to the CCSS.

Common Core State Standards Event/Course
If you have an upcoming professional learning opportunity that you would like posted on the VE2 Common Core calendar, please download and fill out the Event/Course Form and send it to Lucille Chicoine at She will post the information on the calendar that can be found by going to the VE2 home page. Please help us to populate this calendar with Common Core events that are happening around the state.


Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core/Math & Science Partnership Coordinator, at or (802) 479-1425

Page Last Updated on January 13, 2015