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About the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a state led effort that included math, reading, and curriculum specialists, in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The purpose was to establish a single set of clear educational expectations for English language arts/literacy and mathematics that states can share and voluntarily adopt. New Hampshire has embedded the standards from this initiative into our College and Career Ready Standards. The State Board of Education adopted the new standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics at their July 8, 2010 meeting, committing to a thoughtful, orderly transition process for implementation and assessment to ensure that all New Hampshire students experience a successful and productive future.

The CCSS are not a national or state curriculum nor are they federally mandated. Standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but provide a kindergarten through 12th grade roadmap for what students should know and be able to demonstrate. It remains up to each local school district to design curriculum to help their students successfully achieve the standards. The CCSS are evidenced based, aligned with college and work expectations, and are informed by the highest standards across the country and globe. These standards were designed by a diverse group of educators, business leaders, and advocacy and policy stakeholders and have garnered support from state and national parent organizations.

The links below provide resources for educators, parents, and the public including a chronological outline of the States engagement and adoption process and communication and implementation tools.

For information on these academic standards and other content areas, please visit the NH College and Career Ready Standards homepage.

Presentation for Meetings With NH School Administrators Association Regional Groups Acrobat Reader

Frequently Asked Questions - New Hampshire College- and Career-Ready Standards Acrobat Reader

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation supports Common Core State Standards (four minute video)

National PTA Frequently Asked Questions

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About the Common Core State Standards - The site has been refreshed in order to make it easier for all visitors to obtain clear and accurate information about the Common Core. The refreshed version of includes an introductory video to the standards, a section specifically for parents and a dynamic state map that directs visitors to information about the implementation efforts currently underway in each state.

English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Implementation

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium working to develop and implement next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. The Smarter Balanced Assessment will replace the NECAP assessment in mathematics and English language arts this spring.

Steal These Free Resources

Audience Resource
Leadership Aligning Instructional Materials to the Standards
Teachers Templates and Instructional Exemplars
Families Guiding Tools
English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Presentations on the Standards
Mathematics Professional Learning
Resource Page Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush this week (July 30, 2013) joined The Hugh Hewitt Show to discuss why higher academic standards are critical for the future of our nation.

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  • The complete set of standards, appendix documents, and other support materials including names and affiliations of the writing committees and validation committee can be found at

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