The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) identify the specific skills and knowledge that all students are expected to learn, know, and be able to do in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.  The New Jersey State Board of Education adopted the CCSS in 2010 and implemented a four-year timeline for educators to learn and begin to adapt their own lesson plans and curriculum.
    Today, jobs require new ways of thinking and using technology.  The CCSS will help schools design lessons and other learning experiences to focus on deeper, richer learning that will prepare students for the 21st century workforce.