Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards 


Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.                

For more information on the development of Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards and the 45 states who have adopted these standards to implement, visit www.corestandards.org. 


  Shifts in ELA/Literacy
Shift 1Balancing Informational & Literary TextStudents read a true balance of informational and literary texts.
Shift 2Knowledge in the DisciplinesStudents build knowledge about the world (domains/content areas) through TEXT rather than the teacher or activities
Shift 3Staircase of ComplexityStudents read the central, grade appropriate text around which instruction is centered. Teachers are patient, create more time and space and support in the curriculum for close reading. 
Shift 4Text-based AnswersStudents engage in rich and rigorous evidence based conversations about text. 
Shift 5Writing from SourcesWriting emphasizes use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument.
Shift 6Academic VocabularyStudents constantly build the transferable vocabulary they need to access grade level complex texts. This can be done effectively by spiraling like content in increasingly complex texts.

  Shifts in Mathematics
Shift 1FocusTeachers significantly narrow and deepen the scope of how time and energy is spent in the math classroom. They do so in order to focus deeply on only the concepts that are prioritized in the standards.
Shift 2CoherencePrincipals and teachers carefully connect the learning within and across grades so that students can build new understanding onto foundations built in previous years.
Shift 3FluencyStudents are expected to have speed and accuracy with simple calculations; teachers structure class time and/or homework time for students to memorize, through repetition, core functions.
Shift 4Deep UnderstandingStudents deeply understand and can operate easily within a math concept before moving on. They learn more than the trick to get the answer right. They learn the math.
Shift 5ApplicationStudents are expected to use math and choose the appropriate concept for application even when they are not prompted to do so. 
Shift 6Dual IntensityStudents are practicing and understanding. There is more than a balance between these two things in the classroom - both are occurring with intensity.