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Common Core Standards by State

The Common Core State Standards seek to raise student achievement by standardizing what is taught in schools in the United States. Following a description of these standards, a chart is provided that contains links to state-specific information on the Common Core standards. For more information, visit FindLaw's Competency Testing section.

The Basics of Common Core

The Common Core is a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts developed in 2009. These standards outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. The goal is to ensure that students graduate from high school with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career, and life.

The Common Core standards replace varied state education standards with more uniform benchmarks for math and language arts. These standards are considered more rigorous because they require students to think and reason more. Teachers, parents, school officials, experts, and state leaders provided input into the development of the standards.

The chart below identifies the states that have adopted the Common Core standards and provides links to states' particular requirements:

Alabama Common Core adopted with modifications 11/28/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Alaska Common Core not adopted.
Arizona Common Core adopted with modifications 6/28/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Arkansas Common Core adopted with modifications 7/12/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
California Common Core adopted with modifications 8/2/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Colorado Common Core adopted with modifications 7/31/2014. Adoption type: Full.
Connecticut Common Core adopted verbatim 7/7/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Delaware Common Core adopted verbatim 8/19/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
District of Columbia Common Core adopted verbatim 7/5/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Florida Common Core adopted with modifications 7/27/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Georgia Common Core adopted with modifications 7/8/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Hawaii Common Core adopted verbatim 6/18/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Idaho Common Core adopted verbatim 1/24/2011. Adoption type: Full.
Illinois Common Core adopted verbatim 6/24/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Indiana Common Core withdrawn.
Iowa Common Core adopted with modifications 7/9/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Kansas Common Core adopted with modifications 10/12/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Kentucky Common Core adopted verbatim 2/10/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Louisiana Common Core adopted verbatim 7/1/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Maine Common Core adopted verbatim 4/4/2011. Adoption type: Incremental.
Maryland Common Core adopted with modifications 6/1/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Massachusetts Common Core adopted with modifications 7/21/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Michigan Common Core adopted verbatim 6/15/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Minnesota Common Core partially adopted 8/1/2014. Adoption type: Full.
Mississippi Common Core adopted verbatim 7/2/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Missouri Common Core adopted verbatim 6/15/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Montana Common Core adopted with modifications 11/4/2011. Adoption type: Full.
Nebraska Common Core not adopted.
Nevada Common Core adopted verbatim 6/18/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
New Hampshire Common Core adopted verbatim 7/8/2010. Adoption type: Full.
New Jersey Common Core adopted verbatim 6/16/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
New Mexico Common Core adopted with modifications 10/29/2010. Adoption type: Full.
New York Common Core adopted with modifications 7/19/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
North Carolina Common Core adopted verbatim 6/4/2010. Adoption type: Full.
North Dakota Common Core adopted modifications 6/24/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Ohio Common Core adopted verbatim 6/7/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Oklahoma Common Core withdrawn.
Oregon Common Core adopted verbatim 10/28/2010. Adoption type: Full.
Pennsylvania Common Core adopted with modifications 7/1/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Rhode Island Common Core adopted verbatim 7/1/2010. Adoption type: Full.
South Carolina Common Core withdrawn.
South Dakota Common Core adopted verbatim 11/29/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Tennessee Common Core adopted with modifications 7/30/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Texas Common Core not adopted.
Utah Common Core adopted with modifications 8/6/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Vermont Common Core adopted verbatim 8/17/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Virginia Common Core not adopted.
Washington Common Core adopted verbatim 7/20/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
West Virginia Common Core adopted modifications 5/12/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Wisconsin Common Core adopted verbatim 6/2/2010. Adoption type: Incremental.
Wyoming Common Core adopted verbatim 6/16/2010. Adoption type: Full.

Considerations

Common Core continues to be controversial and states may choose not to adopt the standards, delay adoption, or withdraw from adoption. To determine your state's current plan, regularly check your state's public school requirements. Speak with an education law attorney in your area if you have additional questions.

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