By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What your 3rd grade cousin in Miami and your 3rd grade nephew in Chicago study in school may be very different. Soon the likelihood of that happening will change as 48 states have adopted Common Core Standards, a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The purpose of the standards is to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the workforce. Feedback of the draft came from teachers, educators, civil rights groups, English language learners and those with disabilities.

English language arts establishes skills with standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, media and technology. Math standards deal with whole numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Middle school standards are a rich, coherent path for high school including 8th grade algebra.

High school standards apply math to world issues and challenges, using statistics for decision and policy making…preparing youth for further education.

Visit Common Core Standards.

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