Comparing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points

Friday, July 30, 2010Printer-friendly version

Through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative, states and territories have collaborated in the development of a common core of standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades Kindergarten through twelve that have been adopted by the majority of states. Designed not only for the purpose of providing strong, shared expectations, the Common Core State Standards also allow adopting states to collectively create and share high-quality tools such as assessments, curricula, instructional materials (such as textbooks and software), and professional development programs.

As educators and policymakers review the CCSS in mathematics, they will want to consider the way these new standards compare to, and build on, existing standards in mathematics. This brief describes the comparison between the CCSS and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points.