Common Core State Standards

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Resources for Parents

What are the Common Core State Standards?

What Do Parents Need To Know? is part of the series, Spotlight on Common Core State Standards that is published by Education Northwest to keep stakeholders informed about this initiative.

What do parents need to know about the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS)? How will they affect teaching and assessing mathematics and English language arts? What are the benefits and what can parents do to prepare for the CCSS? This resource can answer these questions for you.

Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition strongly supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Every year many children move and change schools. For these youth and, especially for the over 1.2 million military-connected school-age students, the CCSS provide greater clarity and predictability, regardless of zip code.

How are these standards different from past standards?

The Common Core State Standards represent a paradigm shift in the teaching of English Language Arts and mathematics, emphasizing deeper learning and application of knowledge. This flyer, Common Core State Standards: An Introduction for Families and Other Stakeholders, makes the Common Core accessible to families and other stakeholders.

This three-minute video on the Council of the Great City Schools website explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve high levels of learning that prepare them for college and career.

This video, Common Core “Building Dreams,” from Stand for Children provides parents with a short, clear overview of what the Common Core State Standards are, why they are critical now, and how it will prepare our kids for college and the jobs of today – and tomorrow.

How will these standards affect my child?

Application to Students with Disabilities clarifies how the Common Core State Standards provide an historic opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic content standards for students with disabilities.

During this webinar, Common Core State Standards: What Parents Need to Know, Vermont Agency of Education staff discuss the impact of Common Core State Standards on students and families. Helpful tips and resources to support families in this transition are provided.

What does it mean to be college and career ready?

The Alliance for Excellent Education provides thought provoking data about the importance of preparing students for postsecondary education.

Dr. David T. Conley provides an overview of College and Career Readiness in this brief, A Complete Definition of College and Career Readiness

What can parents do?

The Be a Learning Hero website helps parents to understand the expectations of the Common Core State Standards and discover ways to play an active role in their child’s learning. The Skills in Action section provides a link to videos that allow parents to see what the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics standards look like in practice in grades K – 5.

This section of contains resources which have been compiled for parents and community members seeking to learn more about the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards website provides answers to frequently asked questions about the Common Core State Standards, including general information, and answers about the process, content, and quality of the standards.

The EngageNY Parent’s Backpack Guide provides information on what’s shifting in your child’s ELA and Mathematics curriculum; what to look for in your child’s backpack as these changes occur; and what parents can do to support these shifts.

National PTA® created the Common Core State Standards Guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics) that include:

The Council of the Great City Schools' Parent Roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provides guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8.

This Parent Toolkit offers tips and resources to support your child’s progress from Kindergarten through high school.

Resources for Educators


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

Page Last Updated on July 30, 2015