About DoDEA’s Common Core State Standards

DoDEA has joined 46 states, 4 territories and the District of Columbia to adopt the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics for grades K-12.Work is underway to align current state assessments, curriculum and classroom practices to the new Standards. The Common Core State Standards establish a common set of clear and rigorous educational standards across the United States. The Standards are research-based, rigorous, relevant to the real world, and reflect the knowledge and skills DoDEA's students need for success in college and careers.

The Common Core State Standards were designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts, parents and school administrators to reflect both aspirations for students and the realities of the classroom. The Common Core State Standards incorporate the best and highest of the previous state standards in the United States and are internationally benchmarked to the top performing nations around the world. The Standards raise the bar on student expectations and allow educators to better prepare students to meet the demands of college and/or the workplace in the 21st century global economy.With the Common Core State Standards, parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what students in grades K-12 are expected to learn and be able to accomplish.



Importance for DoDEA

  • The Common Core State Standards provide consistent learning goals for all students - regardless of where they live.
  • As students move from one state to another, consistent standards will allow DoDEA students to stay on track in school even when their families are moving between their respective states and/or overseas duty locations.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Organizations Leading the Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Council of Chief State School Officers

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization consisting of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five United States extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO and the National Governors Association led the Common Core State Standards Initiative beginning in 2009. Today, CCSSO continues to provide leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance to the development and implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Recently, CCSSO and the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards developed a toolbox with tools and resources to support educators serving in a variety of roles with the implementation of the Standards. The toolbox contains videos, webinars, publications, and professional development. To view the CCSSO Common Core State Standards Implementation Tools and Resources, please click the link, CCSS Implementation Tools and Resources.

National Governors Association for Best Practices

The National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Education Division provides information, research, policy analysis, technical assistance and resource development for governors and their staff in the areas of early childhood, K-12 and postsecondary education. The NGA Education Division and Council of Chief State School Officers led the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The NGA Education Division focuses on helping governors develop effective policy and support its implementation in the areas of early education, readiness and quality; the Common Core State Standards, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and related assessments; teacher and leader effectiveness; competency-based learning; charter schools; data and accountability; and postsecondary (higher education and workforce training) access, success, productivity, accountability, and affordability. The NGA Education Division also works on policy issues related to bridging the system-divides among early childhood, K-12, postsecondary and workforce systems.

Please click the link, NGA Center for Best Practices in Education, to access the website provided by the NGA Center for Best Practices Education Division. The website contains publications, webinars, and links covering a variety of educational topics and issues such as early childhood data systems, dropout prevention and recovery, education choice options, high school redesign, and Common Core State Standards.

Achieve, Inc.

Achieve, Inc. is an independent, bi-partisan, nonprofit education reform organization led by a Board of Directors of governors and corporate leaders who support standards-based education reform efforts across the states. Achieve assists states in raising academic standards, improving assessments, and strengthening accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work and citizenship. The organization currently serves as a project management partner for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Next Generation Science Standards. 

Achieve has developed a comprehensive website, Achieving the Common Core, which provides educators with information, documentation, videos, and links to other websites for implementing the Common Core State Standards. Of particular interest are the documents and resources for instructional support and alignment resources for the Standards.

Student Achievement Partners: achievethecore.org

Student Achievement Partners is a nonprofit organization that assembles educators and researchers to design actions based on evidence that will substantially improve student achievement. Founded by three of the contributing authors of the Common Core State Standards, Student Achievement Partners is devoted to accelerating student achievement by all students by supporting effective and innovative implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Student Achievement Partners works closely with teachers on all the tools it develops and makes all resources available at no cost to educators.

Please click the link, www.achievethecore.org, to visit the website provided by Student Achievement Partners. On the website, educators have access to professional development modules for implementing Common Core State Standards. The modules can be used with teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. Each module includes PowerPoint presentations, videos, facilitator’s guides, and hands-on activities.

Criteria Used to Develop the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards are based on research of the best performing school systems in the United States and abroad — they contain greater academic rigor, inclusion of higher-order thinking skills and technology skills to prepare students for college and the global marketplace. The Common Core State Standards are fewer in number than previous standards but emphasize greater depths of understanding and greater coherence across grade levels and subjects.

The Common Core State Standards are based on the following:
  • Scholarly research;
  • Skills required of students entering college and workforce training programs;
  • Assessment data identifying college- and career-ready performance;
  • Comparisons to standards from high-performing states and nations;
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) frameworks in reading and writing for English language arts; and
  • Findings from Trends in International Mathematics and Science (TIMSS) and other studies concluding that the traditional United States mathematics curriculum must become substantially more coherent and focused in order to improve student achievement.
In particular, the following criteria guided Common Core State Standards development:
  • Alignment with expectations for college and career success;
  • Consistency across all states;
  • Inclusion of content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills;
  • Improvement upon current state standards and standards of top-performing nations;
  • Reality-based, for effective use in the classroom; and
  • Evidence and research-based.

Necessity of Updated Educational Standards

  • Fewer, clearer, and higher — to best drive effective policy and practice;
  • Aligned with college and work expectations so that all students are prepared for success upon graduating from high school;
  • Inclusive of rigorous content and applications of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills so that all students are prepared for the 21st century; and
  • Internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared for succeeding in our global economy and society; and 
  • Research and evidence-based.

College and Career Readiness

College and career readiness means the ability to enter into a postsecondary school without remediation or the ability to enter a job that would provide a livable wage.

Standards define the skills and knowledge young people need to be academically successful. Until now, every state has had different academic standards, and many states had standards that did not adequately prepare students for college or careers. The Common Core State Standards will provide consistent learning goals for all students wherever they live, and will allow parents and teachers to more effectively help all students achieve those goals.

Advantages for Military-Connected Students

Today, there are over two million military-connected children from birth to age 21. Almost 1.5 million of these children are school-aged (pre-kindergarten through grade 12). Over 80% of military-connected children attend public school systems within the United States.

The average military-connected child moves three times more frequently than their civilian classmates (six to nine times) from kindergarten through high school graduation. With the Common Core State Standards, parents can be assured that their child's learning is driven by the same high-quality standards within DoDEA and other Common Core states across the country.

Consistent standards will help ease the academic disruption often caused when transitioning from grade to grade and school to school.

The Common Core State Standards provide military families and other mobile populations a common, high-quality reference point that delineates expectations for success within DoDEA and across state lines.

Discover the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics





This website will keep you updated about our progress as DoDEA moves forward with implementing the Common Core State Standards. We will need the help of everyone in the school community - students, parents, teachers, administrators, and military leaders, to make the transition to the Common Core State Standards a success.


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