By Jay Speck
The Common Core State Standards, adopted by the California Board of Education in 2010, describe the skills all students are expected to demonstrate at the time of graduation and at each grade level along the way. The basic purpose of Common Core is to help students become both college and career ready.
Ensuring that our students are both career and college ready is an important and sensible goal. While preparing students for their futures has always been one of the main goals of public education, the path to achieving these goals has had to continually evolve to meet the needs of a changing world. The Common Core State Standards are a natural next step in that progression.