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Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are voluntary K-12 learning goals in English language Arts/literacy and Mathematics. The goal of the CCSS is to provide a clear, consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn.  Developed by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the standards reflect the knowledge and skills required for successful entry into college and 21st century careers. They promote critical thinking skills, international competitiveness, college & career readiness, and common goals for all students.

Because paraeducators play important roles in improving student achievement, NEA firmly believes that paraeducators should have a deeper understanding of the CCSS. Paraeducators are a vital component to the successful implementation of the CCSS. It is imperative that paraeducators receive training and professional development on CCSS to align their instructional strategies and practices with that of teachers for consistency in student learning. 

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