Common Core State Standards Initiative

Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which provide a blueprint for what students are expected to know by the end of 12th grade in order to succeed in the global economy. Developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the standards set benchmark requirements for mathematics and English language arts, which also encompass literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. To ensure that the CCSS do not conflict with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGGS), the two writing teams worked together to identify key connections.

The 3 CCSS for Literacy practice standards identified as most directly relevant to science:

  • Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • Evaluate the hypotheses, data, analysis, and conclusions in a science or technical text, verifying the data when possible and corroborating or challenging conclusions with other sources of information.
  • Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

The 3 CCSS for Mathematics practice standards identified as most directly relevant to science:

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.

We invite you to visit the Common Core State Standards Initiative website to learn more.