Common Core State Standards

Adopted by over 45 states in the U.S., the Common Core State Standards are a set of shared K-12 learning expectations for students in English-language arts and mathematics. These two new sets of content standards replace Oregon’s current standards in English language arts and mathematics. While the new standards are similar in ways to Oregon’s current standards, some content has been shifted and the level of rigor has increased to ensure college and career readiness at the end of high school. 

Portland Public Schools began phasing in the Common Core State Standards in 2011-12, providing professional development to teachers and aligning core curriculum.  

Beginning in 2014-2015, students will no longer take the OAKS exam in math and English-Language Arts and will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment instead.  Select schools across our district participated in field testing in Spring 2014 to help determine optimal technology and logistics to support students in taking this new assessment.