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Common Core State Standards

A higher standard for students = more opportunities for life. By knowing your child's grade level expectations you can use daily conversations to support your child's learning.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a roadmap for what children need to know and be able to do beginning in kindergarten through 12th grade. Common Core challenges students to think critically and solve complex problems, to get them ready for college, career and their community. When students are held to high expectations and teachers are supported, students will achieve.

Supporting great teachers

The most important factor in a child’s education is a great teacher. The Common Core holds us all to higher standards and gives teacher support in improving their students' education.

Critical thinking and problem solving

Today's kindergarten student will need skills to be successful in a rapidly changing world. The Common Core State Standards help students to:

  • Analyze information
  • Present viable arguments
  • Use technology strategically
  • Become independent learners
  • Use evidence and logic, and think conceptually
  • Understand and appreciate different perspectives and cultures

Working together

Teacher teams are taking a close look at what the standards mean for their students and practices in the classroom. We hope families and the community will join their schools in learning more with the Common Core through the year.

When we set high expectations and support the work of our teachers, our students will rise to the challenge.

Parent Roadmaps by Grade Level

Parent Roadmaps for Mathematics CCSS by Grade Level


A 3rd grade language arts student will be able to...

  • Reading a wide range of stories and describing how a story teaches a lesson
  • Read a wide range of stories and describe how a story teaches a lesson
  • Describe characters in a story and how their actions contributed to events
  • Read texts about history, social studies, or science and answer questions about what they learned
  • Refer to information from illustrations such as maps or pictures as well as the words in a text to support their answers
  • Learn the rules of spoken and written English
  • Learn and use new words, including words related to specific subjects (such as science words)
  • Participate in class discussions by listening, asking questions, sharing ideas, and building on the ideas of others
  • Give a class presentation on a topic or tell a story using relevant facts and details and speaking clearly
  • Write stories with dialogue and descriptions of character’s actions, thoughts, and feelings
  • Gather information from books, articles, and online sources to build understanding of a topic
  • Write research or opinion papers over extended periods of time