Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness

The CCSS gave states an opportunity to voluntarily adopt common expectations in English language arts and literacy, and mathematics. With common standards in place, states could more easily and efficiently share best practices in curriculum and assessments, while still retaining flexibility on how best to teach these subjects locally (Phillips & Wong, 2010). Major questions remain to be answered about these standards, chief among them the degree to which they reflect what is necessary to be ready for college and careers.