In June 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the new standards for K-12 Mathematics and English Language Arts. These standards improved upon Michigan's current standards (the Grade Level Content Expectations and the High School Content Expectations) by establishing clear and consistent goals for learning, and allow Michigan to work collaboratively with other states to provide curricular support to schools and educators.

For more information on Michigan's adoption of CCSS, visit the Michigan Common Core State Standards Resources page at


For more information about the CCSS generally, visit the Common Core State Standards Initiative at

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards from CGCS Video Maker on Vimeo.


English Language Arts CCSS Resources

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy build on the best of existing standards and reflect the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in college, career, and life. Understanding how the standards differ from previous standards-and the necessary shifts they call for-is essential to implementing the standards well.

The following are key shifts called for in ELA by the Common Core:

  1. Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language
  2. Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational
  3. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

CCSS English Language Arts Standards


Mathematics CCSS Resources

There are 8 mathematical principles with which the CCSS standards are based.

8 Math Principles (1)

CCSS Math Standards