is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.
Common Core provides:
- Consistent learning expectations for all students.
- Clear standards that focus on understanding over memorization.
- Emphasis on the critical topics students need to succeed after high school.
- Faster testing results with a better, more focused online assessment system.
By 2014-15 these standards will be fully implemented and student achievement will be measured by a new assessment system.
The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) will create state-of-the-art online exams to provide accurate assessment information to teachers and others on the progress of all students, including those with disabilities, English Language Learners and low- and high-performing students.
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Washington joined the initiative in 2009 and adopted the standards in July 2011.
The transition to Common Core is the collaborative effort of dozens of organizations.