• Common Core State Standards

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), adopted by forty-three states and the District of Columbia, are a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). The standards outline what concepts and skills students need to know at each grade level. Common Core was developed to ensure all students, no matter where they live or which school they attend, receive a high-quality rigorous education to set them on a lifelong path for success. These new sets of standards replaced Louisiana's former standards, or Grade Level Expectations, in ELA and mathematics.

    Louisiana's CCSS Adoption Timeline

    April 2009: States determine the need for consistent learning standards in reading, writing and mathematics

    May 2009: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) initiate development of college- and career-readiness standards and K-12 standards

    March 2010: CCSSO and NGA release drafts of the K-12 college- and career-readiness standards for public comment

    April 2010: The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) receives positive feedback from local education organizations and the public

    June 2010: CCSSO and NGA release the final Common Core State Standards

    June 2010: Governor Jindal signs an agreement for Louisiana to enter the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing group

    July 2010: BESE adopts the Common Core State Standards for all Louisiana public and charter schools 

    The CCSS Standards

    Interactive Versions:

    Interactive ELA Standards website

    Interactive Mathematics Standards website

    Printable PDF Version:

    Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics