Lining Up: The Relationship Between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards

The CCRS Center’s mission is to serve the federally funded Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs) in building the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement college and career readiness and success initiatives. The College and Career Readiness and Success Center is based at the American Institutes for Research and funded through a grant by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

Resource Overview

This report by EPIC addresses three research questions for each of the two subject areas for which Common Core State Standards have been developed, namely, English language arts and literacy, and mathematics: 1.) To what extent are the knowledge and skills found in the comparison standards the same as or different from what is described in the Common Core State Standards? 2.) What is the cognitive complexity level of the Common Core State Standards and to what extent are the matched comparison standards at a higher or lower level of cognitive complexity? 3.) How broadly do the matched comparison standards cover the content of the Common Core State Standards?