Wouldn’t it be nice...

If every American child had access to clear, consistent K-12 academic standards?

If, no matter where you lived, or what your economic status was, or how many times you moved during your child’s school years, he or she had access to the same educational standards as his or her peers in a different school? 

If parents knew what to expect and teachers knew what to teach?

That’s the goal of the Common Core State Standards Initiative: to create a set of consistent, clear K-12 academic standards in English language arts and mathematics.  The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. The CCSSI was developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. As of January 2011, 46 states, including Ohio, and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards. The Ohio Department of Education plans to fully implement the new standards in the 2014-15 school year.
The Natonal PTA believes states should adopt and implement the Standards.  Ohio PTA has been selected by National PTA to engage, educate and train PTA members about them.  A committee in the Ohio PTA (Common Core State Standards Initiative CommitteeCCSSI) is working to educate and train PTA leaders, members, and parents about the common core state standards.

Parents are an important constituency for any educational movement. They tend to have a lot of influence on state legislature and, perhaps more importantly, they have a natural stake in the effort to educate their own children. Yet as Erin Hart, director of strategic alliances for the National PTA, points out, parents are often a 'forgotten voice at the table.' With 5.2 million members across the country, the National PTA, beginning with committees like Ohio PTA's CCSSI, hopes to rouse parents to action and create a unified voice in support of the Common Core Standards.


Click below and see how many states have adopted the
Common Core State Standards


Parent Guides
now available
"Parents' Guide to Student Success" are available for grades K-8 and two for grades 9 - 12.  The National PTA developed the guides to help parents understand the expectations for student performance at each grade level for the new common math and english literacy standards.  Parents will find activities they can do with their child, methods to build a stronger relationship with your child's teacher, and for parents of high school students, tips for planning for college and career in each guide. 


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

High School Math

High School English Language Arts


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