What does CCSS mean?

  • Oregon is one of 45 states that have adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS fit with Oregon's vision of quality education from birth to college and career. The goal of the CCSS is to prepare students for a successful life after school. These newly adopted standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics offer the opportunity for collaboration and innovation in schools and districts across the state and around the country.

    The Common Core State Standards are a natural progression for Medford School District. Many of the goals are similar to what MSD has already been working toward: Preparing all students to graduate with a sound educational foundation. MSD aims for students to graduate with the ability to attend college without the need for remedial classes. Common Core is, at its heart, focused on developing critical thinking. During the last several years, much of Medford School Districts’ focus has been on improving instructional practice, including developing critical thinking in students.

    The Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, are educational standards that define what students in pre-K through 12th grade should know, and be able to do, in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. These consistent standards and clearly defined goals will help all students learn the same skills at the same grade levels no matter where they move within Oregon and 44 other states. These standards are designed to help all students get prepared for college and careers. Here is a fun three-minute video explaining the CCSS: