Are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) a national curriculum?

The Common Core State Standards are not curriculum. They are standards for learning that students should achieve by the end of each grade level or a particular course of study.

By definition, a curriculum includes what is taught, when it is taught, how it is taught and how we will measure if a student has learned the skills or material. It includes materials that are to be utilized by the students and teachers. None of these items are included in the Common Core State Standards. All of these things will be determined by principals and teachers working with students.

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