In the past, state educational standards have ensured we have fifty floating standards of educational success. This has created a system in which seniors frequently read at a third grade level. It is a recipe for failure. Fortunately, governors and education leaders in the states have had the foresight to work toward balancing the system to help all American students compete against their international competitors at higher levels.
Key to the success of Common Core is the understanding that “Standards do not equal learning.” Even the best standards rely upon competent, well-trained teachers to direct the class in the course of instruction.
Inasmuch as they point toward transfer goals from mathematics,reading and language arts these standards must be extended to apply to other areas as well.
The following video from dcpublicschools is a concise explanation of Common Core State Standards.