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Common Core

What is "Common Core"?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative are an attempt to standardize learning goals in English language arts and mathematics for all students in the U.S. regardless of what state or school they attend. These standards are designed to keep all students learning the key skills, abilities, competencies, etc. needed to succeed in life and in any higher-education endeavors. They summarize the program;

"The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live." (

Does Common Core impact students in Ohio?

The Common Core program is a voluntary program for states. However, Ohio adopted the standards in 2010 and fully implemented them for public schools for the 2013-2014 academic year. 42 States have adopted Common Core as of early 2017. More information can be found at (

Where can I find the standards?

You can read the standards for English Language Arts / Literacy here.

You can read the standards for Mathematics here.

Professional Testing Exams and Licensure

The state of Ohio requires all educators to complete testing before awarding a teaching license. For information about teacher required testing (e.g. what tests do I need to take) please visit (

For information about obtaining your teaching license in Ohio please visit (