Common Core State & NC Essential Standards Parent Information

    Parent Communication
    In this new age of accountability, assessments, curriculum and educational terminology, it is more important than ever that parents understand what their children should know, understand, and be able to do to be ready for college and career.  The resources on this page have been established to help parents understand current state and national education initiatives.

    NCDPI Resources for Parents
    ACRE: North Carolina's Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort, also known as ACRE, is the state's comprehensive initiative to redefine the Standard Course of Study for K-12 students, the student assessment program and the school accountability model.  This site is a parent's window to ACRE.

    READY for Parents: Parents are critical partners in students success.  Their involvement in their student's education - at school and at home - shows their support of the teacher(s), principal and school.  This page provides parents with pertinent information regarding accountability, educator effectiveness and other topics that are part of the state's READY initiative.

    NC College and Career Promise: Parents can access this site to learn more about Career and College Promise - Gov. Bev Perdue's commitment to helping every qualified student gain access to an affordable college education.  Through a partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, the N.C. Community College System, the University of North Carolina system and many independent colleges and universities, North Carolina is helping eligible high school students to begin earning college credit at a community college campus at no cost to them or their families.

    Career and College Ready, Set, Go!: This page provides information about North Carolina's Race to the Top initiative.

    Common Core State Standards and N.C. Essential Standards
    National PTA Common Core Support: This site is devoted to supporting parent understanding of the Common Core State Standards.  Parents can also access K-12 Common Core Guides for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade in both English and Spanish.

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Parents and Students Page: "The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning.  Because these assessments are computer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students."

    College and Career Ready

    College and Career Ready Competitiveness: This resource from The Future Ready Project provides parents with information on what it really means to be college and career ready.