Common Core State Standards Information


Parent/Guardian Letter

Dear Parents / Guardians:

The Common Core State Standards are a set of research-based, globally competitive K-12 expectations for English language arts and mathematics as well as literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills our young people need so that they are fully prepared to compete in a globally competitive economy.  The State Board of Education joined 45 other states in adopting the Common Core on July 7, 2010, as Connecticut’s standards in English language arts and mathematics.  The standards establish consistent learning goals for all students regardless of where they live, clear roadmaps of academic expectations at each grade level, relevance to the real world, and prepare students for post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

As part of Connecticut’s move to the Common Core, the State Board of Education has also adopted new standardized tests to replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT). This new set of tests was created by the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) to evaluate students’ progress towards mastery of the standards established by the Common Core.   Vernon Public School students will be taking the “field test” version of the SBAC this spring in lieu both the CMT and CAPT. 

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards means that your child will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and/or the work place in the 21st century.  Today's global economy means that our students need to possess academic standards by the completion of twelfth grade to ensure their success in college and/or workforce.

Please visit for additional information on both the Common Core of State Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium.  I also encourage you to attend presentations on both of these subjects during PTO meetings in February or March; please see upcoming PTO newsletters for more information.

Thank you for supporting your child’s education!


Jeffrey E. Burt
Assistant Superintendent

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium:
Common Core State Standards
PTA website on Common Core
3 minute video explaining the Common Core:

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high expectations, in a safe environment where all students become independent learners and productive contributors to society.