Curriculum & Instruction

Common Core

Common Core State Standards

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These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. From the Common Core Standards FAQ

The standards are a set of rigorous, evidence-based standards that are clear, consistent and aligned with college and career expectations.


The Common Core standards aim to do to the following:


  • Ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce—an issue that is critically important for a transient community like Anchorage.
  • Ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently from school to school and state to state.
  • Capitalize on assessment items and curriculum material developed to match the Common Core standards, greatly improving the scope and quality of assessment and curriculum materials.
  • Provide the ability to compare the performance of ASD students to students in other states and the nation.


The district began work on the Common Core standards in 2008 with other large urban school districts nationwide. These standards have been adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The state of Alaska has not adopted the Common Core standards.


Parent road mapsRoadmap

Road maps help parents understand how to support their child in math and language arts. Each road map lets parents know what their child will learn, how to partner with the teacher, provides examples of skills and strategies students will use and how to ensure learning continues outside of school.


About Common Core

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Learn more about the Common Core State Standards using the following resources:


Common Core State Standards website

Preparing America's students for college and career


Common Core Works

From the page to the classroom


Anchorage School Board adoption

Board memo that recommends adoption of the Common Core standards by the Anchorage School District


 CGCS Urban Overview

An overview of the standards by the Council of Great City Schools


CCSS explained

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards 


For more videos, visit CGCS Video Maker on Vimeo.