"The Common Core State Standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate from high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The Standards were developed as a state-led effort of 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia and coordinated by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and education experts. During the development of these standards, feedback was provided by national educational organizations and educators from across the country.
The Common Core Standards are aligned with college and work expectations and internationally benchmarked. Common Core Standards are available for Mathematics, K-12 and English Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening), K-12 including Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, 6-12.
The Rhode Island Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards on July 1, 2010. This adoption underscores Rhode Island's commitment to maintaining high standards for its students so that they are held to standards. RIDE is confident that the Common Core maintains the rigor and high expectations that have been set for our students through the NECAP GLE/GSEs.
The transition to curriculum and instruction that is fully aligned to the Common Core Standards will occur over several years with the expectation of full implementation by the 2013-2014 school year. For the academic year 2010-2011, Rhode Island schools will continue to provide instruction and assessment aligned to the NECAP GLE/GSEs. Simultaneously, RIDE will continue to provide professional development opportunities for educators to study the standards and develop a transition plan to ensure that all schools are fully implementing a curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core standards prior to the first assessment based on the Common Core Standards during the 2014-2015 school year."
Taken from http://www.ride.ri.gov/Instruction/CommonCore.aspx
The Johnston School Department has already begun working hard to transition ourselves into this process under the direction of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Arthur Petrosinelli. Meetings and workshops have been ongoing since the 2010-2011 school year with teachers from each school in the district. The focus is currently on Math and English.