# Importance Of Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) was created by a group of governors and implemented in 2010 to reform the United States education system (Mark Sulzer, 2014). The CCSS was created to develop standards for what students, K-12, need to know in each grade to be ready for college and a future career. “These standards communicate what is expected at each grade level, placing students, parents, teachers and school administrators on the same page” (Susan Neuman, 2013). The CCSS is a set of goals and expectations, adopted by 43 states, in Math and English Arts that the students should know to succeed in college and their career; it is not a curriculum for teachers.

According to www.highereducation.org, 60 percent of first year college students, despite being fully eligible for college, are not academically ready for postsecondary studies. These students learn that they must take remedial courses in English and mathematics that will cost more money and do not count towards college credits. The increase in students taking remedial courses

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Instead of teachers racing to cover many topics briefly, the standards now request that the teachers deepen their lesson plans and cover fewer topics during the school year (www.corestandards.org). Common Core math standards restructured the elementary standards to include more arithmetic. Elementary teachers spent time, in the classroom, on arithmetic along with other mathematical problems including, shapes, probability, and statistics (Jason Zimba, 2014). While everything that is being taught at the elementary level is relevant, arithmetic has more prevalence for the students because it directly leads to the understanding of algebra in later grades. Jason Zimba, a writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, describes the standards for each grade