The Cognitive Science Behind the Common Core
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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are based on decades of research in cognitive science about how students learn, and it incorporates practices that have been shown to improve student achievement. This report reviews the research base for the CCSS and presents the six major areas in which the Common Core promotes greater student learning.
At a time when the Common Core and other college- and career-readiness standards are receiving renewed scrutiny, resources such as this paper, prepared by the Center for American Progress, provide historical as well as research-based knowledge of why these standards are important cornerstones for improving educational outcomes for all students. The paper is well organized, written so that it is easily understood, and provides both rationale and examples to illustrate its position. This important resources helps inform individuals and groups seeking to understand both the value and purpose of new state standards to guide educational programs and student learning.