Common Sense Review
Updated October 2013

Common Core Standards

Complete Common Core State Standards in convenient, searchable, free resource
Common Sense Rating 3
  • Additional resources include standards for practice in math, college and career readiness, and ELL/SPED application.
  • Browse by grade level and view expanded details about specific standards.
  • Free tool makes available Common Core State Standards.
  • Additional resouces include math glossaries.
  • Complete original documents are provided.
Makes searching and navigating the complete CCSS a breeze.
No way to select and export standards for lesson planning.
Bottom Line
Love 'em or hate 'em, this resource puts them at your fingertips.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 2

Free teacher tool is easily accessible, easily navigated, and fully searchable, making planning and aligning with Common Core State Standards convenient for teachers.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

Depth of content is extensive. Pretty much any information available at the official CCSS site is catalogued and easily searchable in the app.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

No help or tutorial is necessary. Teachers can extend their productivity at MasteryConnect, a professional learning community for teachers to share assessments and track student progress.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Download the free app to have easy access to all the Common Core Standards. Use it when planning individually or with a team. You'll also be able to easily refer to the CCSS (and search for them quickly, if necessary) in student and parent conferences. Encourage students to review the standards for their grade level so they'll know what's expected of them.

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What's It Like?

Common Core Standards includes a complete list of the Common Core State Standards as well as corresponding documents and appendices, putting all the information available at in an easily accessible app. Browse by grade level and strand, and expand specific anchors to read the full description. Math standards are divided into traditional and integrated paths. ELA is divided into Language Arts, History/Social Studies, and Science & Technical Subjects. Each standard also includes the corresponding College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard. Math is divided into traditional and integrated. Additional resources for math include Math Standards for Practice, a PDF of Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and a math glossary. Additional Resources for Language Arts include the documents "How to Read the Standards," "College & Career Ready," and "Key Design Considerations," and PDFs of Appendix A, B, and C for Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. The standards are also searchable by keyword.

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Is It Good For Learning?

For states and schools that are using CCSS, the Common Core Standards app makes it easy for teachers to browse and search the standards to better understand them and use them to plan relevant lessons and student assessments. You won't find ideas for lessons or activities linked to the standards, but all the resources on the main CCSS site,, are included in the app, giving clear expectations of what students need to know and do in math and language arts.

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