Comparing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects to California and Massachusetts Standards

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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 for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy, they will want to consider the way these new standards compare to, and build on, existing standards in ELA. This brief describes the comparison between the CCSS and the standards of two states that have been leaders in standards-based ELA education: California and Massachusetts.