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Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Common Core State Standards have been developed by educators from around the country and have been adopted by 46 states, including Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.  The standards are based on the principle that academic standards in literacy and mathematics should be consistent in every state, relevant to the real world, and reflect the knowledge and skills needed by students to be prepared for college and careers in our global economy.

The implementation of the CCSS will continue to improve educational outcomes for Guilford students. This effort will build on the Principles of Learning, clarify expectations at each grade level, and assess students’ knowledge based on the updated standards.

Professional development for faculty has begun to provide the tools needed to successfully implement the standards and curricula will be aligned to the new standards.

Guilford Public Schools Implementation Plan to the Common Core State Standards


Please link to the following YouTube video for an introduction to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.   CCSSI Video

CCSSI Overview

The National PTA has developed an informative brochure providing an overview of the Common Core State Standards Initiative. PTA_CCSSI

Smarter Balanced Assessment System

Smarter Balanced is working with educators and parents to develop assessments that will replace current state assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics in the 2014-15 school year. The Smarter Balanced assessment system will provide teachers with new tools to monitor student progress and resources to meet each student’s unique needs. Assessment Fact Sheet for Parents

Parents’ Guide to Student Success

The National PTA has developed a Parents’ Guide to Student Success in response to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The online guide includes the following:

  • Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
  • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher.

Each grade level can be accessed at