Oregon Department of Education

Common Core State Standards for Higher Education

Common Core

Oregon is one of more than 45 states that has adopted the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS. These K-12 standards in English language arts and mathematics align instruction across our state, our country, and even internationally, and are designed to get all students college and career ready by the end of high school. The CCSS are good news for postsecondary educators!

Here's why:

  • College and career ready is the name of the game. All students graduating from high school college and career-ready is the goal of the CCSS. These standards are designed to prepare students for success in whatever they choose to do after graduation.

  • College should not begin with remediation.Too many students entering Oregon universities and community colleges require remedial classes in English and math. The CCSS are designed to make that a problem of the past by fully preparing students for college-level coursework..

  • They help align instruction PK-20. The CCSS fit with Oregon’s vision of education from birth to college and career. By aligning the K-12 system with the expectations of colleges and universities, Oregon will have a more seamless education pipeline from early childhood to postsecondary. And by ensuring that graduates leave high school with the skills they need for college, we set students up for success in higher education and beyond.