Last month, Washington State officially adopted the Common Core State Standards. This year, the State will be developing awareness of the standards and how they build on what we currently have.
The Common Core Standards define what kids need to know to graduate college or
career ready, and then identify the stepping stones needed to get there. In
general, the steps emphasize fewer topics and deeper understanding. The states
have agreed on math and English language arts standards. Science is in the
works. Implementation will be phased in, with assessment starting in 2014-15.