The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) is an education initiative in the United States that details what K-12 students should know in English language arts and mathematics at the end of each grade. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing courses at two- or four-year college programs or to enter the work force.
In 2010, 45 states adopted the Common Core, but according to a May 2013 Gallup Poll, 62% of Americans said they had never heard of the Common Core. Many call the goals and standards a mix of federal funding, preschool-workforce invasive student tracking, and one-size-fits-all computer-based learning style (HSLDA). Other issues include unbenchmarked content, federal take over of state and local controlled education, and large, for-profit, companies creating the majority of the content and exams. Several have also reported teachers teaching to the test and giving an unnecessary amount of prep work.