State Standards

The Common Core State Standards Initiative could mean a major change to how education is delivered in states across the nation.  Currently, each state has its own K-12 education standards, which shape what students should know and be able to do after completing each grade. However, these standards vary widely between the states.   The Common Core initiative will establish a common set of standards in English language arts, math, social studies, and science. 

Historically, K-12 and higher education programs have operated independently, with little connection between them. P-16/20 models are a policy option to provide continuity from one level of education to the next.