Curriculum & Instruction

Common Core & More

On June 2, 2010, the NC State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards which will be implemented during the 2012-2013 school year. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) represent K-12 learning expectations in English-Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.  The Standards reflect the knowledge and skills students need to be college and career ready by the end of high school.

North Carolina has also adopted Essential Standards in other content areas. 
Orange County Schools are helping teachers transition to the new Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards.

Recently, OCS was asked to share our Common Core plans and ideas with other school systems at the NC Common Core State Standards Summit. Click HERE to see a letter of thanks we received from ASCD.

To learn more about the district's implementation plan, we encourage you to the visit the links in the menu on the right.

Common Core & MoreImplementation phases and timeline for Common Core and More standards

Common Core & MoreStates that have adopted Common Core State Standards

Common Core & MoreCommon Core State Standards:  Understanding Instructional Shifts in Literacy and Mathematics


"To understand why the phrase “Common Core standards” is creeping into discussions outside the education community, it helps to appreciate what the Common Core effort could mean to your child..."

Click HERE to read the Wake Education Partnership Special Edition "IN CONTEXT" newsletter for a better understanding of Common Core Standards.


For more information on Common Core Standards in Orange County Schools, contact:

Dr. Lisa Napp, Director of Elementary Education 
TBD , Director of Secondary Education