WQOW-TV in Eau Claire produced this very helpful two-part series on the Common Core State Standards, which provides an excellent introduction to what they're all about:
Wisconsin's Adoption of the Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics provide your student with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate college and career ready.
Example English language arts and mathematics standards:
Academic standards are expectations for what students should know and be able to do in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Common Core State Standards articulate this knowledge and skills in the areas of English language arts and mathematics.
Example English language arts CCSS from grade 3:
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea (Informational Reading, 3.2)
Example mathematics CCSS from grade 6:
Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation. (Number System, 6.3)
The CCSS are not a curriculum. They are a clear set of expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. Local teachers, principals, superintendents and others decide how the CCSS are to be met. Teachers continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.
Top 10 Things Parents Need to Know About the Common Core State Standards
PTA Parent Guides to the Common Core State Standards (Username: pta user Password: global)