Educational content standards identify what students need to know and be able to do at each of the grade levels. Since 2010, numerous states across the nation worked together to identify and adopt the same standards for English and mathematics. These standards are referred to as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and they describe the essential skills and knowledge needed by students to succeed in 21st century college and careers. The standards are aligned to the expectations of higher education, workforce training programs, and employers. While they outline which skills to teach in schools, they do not identify how to teach them. Implementation of CCSS promotes consistency and equity by ensuring all students are well prepared to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad. More information about CCSS along with downloadable files of the standards are available on the California Department of Education’s Web site: at www.cde.ca.gov.