As many states transition into the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), you might be hearing a lot about what this could mean for your child. The CCSSM content standards were written so that there is consistency of what children are learning across the country. These standards began with research-based learning progressions on students’ mathematical development. They concentrate on a clear set of mathematical skills and concepts, and encourage students to solve real-world problems like the ones your child is encountering in their math class. Remember though, that standards tell teachers what needs to be covered. Standards are not textbooks, nor do they tell teachers how to teach something. For more information about CCSS go to www.corestandards.org/Math/..