Common Core State Standards

In 2011, Washington state adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which aim to develop common learning expectations for K-12 students across the country. Most states have begun implementing CCSS. Instead of each state having its own learning standards, CCSS align the standards among all the participating states. Drawn from the best models within the U.S. and the world, these standards help ensure CPSD students will graduate from high school ready for college and/or a career.

What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?

The Common Core State Standards establish consistent goals for what students will learn in each grade. The standards are the same throughout the states that have adopted CCSS. Comparable learning expectations for all students, no matter where they live, promote equity in education, and ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in college and the workforce.

Three Minute Common Core State Standard Video

The Standards

How is Clover Park School District adopting CCSS?

Clover Park School District has been working to adopt CCSS since the 2012-13 school year. An implementation timeline is listed below.

  • Teachers communicated to students and provided instruction around learning targets that are clearly connected to CCSS. Teachers are using CCSS curriculum guides to plan these lessons.


  • Teachers are using professional development days to learn more about CCSS standards. Teachers should meet and work those standards into their lesson plans. Teachers will provide feedback on curriculum guides.


  • Teachers will continue to learn and refine instructional strategies.
  • Students will engage in more projects and presentations to target speaking and listening standards.
  • Implement literacy standards for history/social studies and science into instructional and grading practices.

Resources for Families

Want to know more about the Common Core Standards? Click on a link below for more information.

Parent Guides
Created by the National PTA, these documents provide overviews for each grade of what students will learn in mathematics and English language arts/literacy

Grade-level Highlights

Resources for Families

External Links

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