What are the CCSS?
The Common Core State Standards were designed to increase critical thinking skills across disciplines by raising rigor. The text complexity and close reading standards are key to the critical thinking focus in literacy. In addition, the mathematical practices standards are central to transforming the way students learn math. Rather than focusing solely on the answer, students will actually be assessed on the critical thinking skills they use to get to that answer. Simply put, students must learn to read, write, and think critically to be successful on the CCSS assessments, in college and technical schools, and in their careers.
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What do the CCSS matter to you school?
The CCSS will indicate school and student performance through growth assessments that are focused on individual students and tied to teacher evaluation.
Mandated in 46 States
Mandated in 46 states, the CCSS represent the complexity of 21st century literacy. 900+ colleges will use CCSS assessments to place students in credit-bearing courses.
Career & College Ready
New levels of rigor and a focus on authentic literacy helps students in the 21st century where critical literacy skills are essential for economic and academic success.
How ThinkCERCA™ helps implement CCSS
Expert designed rubric library for paperless grading and CCSS tracking.
Personalize CCSS instruction through a selection of the highest-quality lessons ready for online delivery straight to students on any device.
Formative v. Summative
Evaluate student writing to collect diagnostic, formative, or summative assessment data to measure progress on CCSS.
Count on the highest quality texts from our preferred partners and track text complexity standards in every lesson.
Monitor student progress on Common Core State Standard and track practice on other standards including College Readiness Standards and NWEA.
See PARCC and Smarter Balance sample assessment items here. New formative and summative assessments will track student literacy in every subject including mathematics. (See Mathematical Practices Standards, which include argumentation standards.)