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Common Core Standards

During its May 2010 board meeting, the West Virginia Board of Education approved the Common Core State Standards for English and mathematics. The West Virginia Department of Education will spend the next year aligning the common core with West Virginia’s 21st Century Curriculum Standards and Objectives and resources.

West Virginia is one of 51 U.S. states and territories to participate in the Common Core State Standards Initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English/language arts and mathematics.

The initiative respects the unique nature of every state, while acknowledging a shared national commitment to high classroom standards for all students in kindergarten through high school.

The common core standards focus on fewer concepts while stressing deeper learning and understanding, and are part of an overall drive to better prepare today's students for college or careers. The goal is to provide states with fewer, clearer and higher standards that are to be benchmarked against international standards. To learn more, follow the links below: