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How and Why the Standards Were Developed

To take their place in today's demanding job market, students must compete not only with others in their own city or state—but with students from across the country and around the world. The Common Core State Standards were developed to help ensure that American students, no matter where they live, graduate from high school with the skills they need for success in workplace training or in entry-level academic courses in college.

Key points about development


Key resources

The Common Core State Standards:
orange arrow In English language arts
orange arrow In mathematics

Maryland state curriculum frameworks:
orange arrow For reading and English language arts
orange arrow For literacy in history/social studies
orange arrow For literacy in science/technology
orange arrow For mathematics

From the Council of the Great City Schools:
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From Education Northwest:
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From Achieve:
orange arrow Understanding the standards (slide presentation)

Key points about the standards in Maryland

  • Maryland adopted the standards in June 2010, the month they were released.

  • In June 2011, the state Board of Education approved a new curriculum framework aligned with the new standards.

  • In the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years, districts across the state developed new units in math and English language arts to align with the new curriculum, and provided teachers and staff with professional development about the new curriculum and standards.

  • The curriculum is in place statewide for the 2013-14 school year.

  • New assessments, aligned with the new curriculum, will replace the Maryland School Assessments (MSAs) in 2014-15.

Common Core timeline