As an educator we all try to stay abreast of the newest ideas and “buzz words”. Right now Common Core Standards is a “buzz word” that you need to place in your vocabulary.
Many states have signed on to these Common Core Standards that have been developed over the last 2 years or more. They are the result of a national effort and will be the basis for changes in curriculum, assessment, and textbook development. If you are familiar with state standards, this will be replacing them in many situations.
ASCD is one of the Associations that will be working to deliver professional development around them. Schools and classroom teachers need to take the Common Core Standards and translate them into good instruction. Look for ideas and opportunities to explore how. Not all is new, but it is a new national effort! They may function well in your curriculum as a set of benchmarks.