In 2009, Idaho worked with other states to develop new academic standards in mathematics and English language arts that would be higher, fewer, clearer and comparable with any other country in the world.  These new goals, the Common Core State Standards, were created through a voluntary, state-led effort, facilitated by state-led organizations the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). After Idaho voluntarily chose to adopt these standards, they became known as Idaho's Core Standards.

Working together, states developed standards that define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so they will graduate from high school able to succeed beyond high school in post-secondary education and the workforce. Throughout the process, drafts of the standards were revised by states and made available for teachers, school administrators and others in each state to review and provide input.

The standards that were developed:

  • Are aligned with college and workforce expectations;
  • Are clear, understandable, and consistent;
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current Idaho state standards;
  • Were informed by standards in other top-performing countries; and
  • Are evidence-based.
For more information on these standards, please view the links at right.