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Examples of Common Core goals

Published August 24. 2013 09:04AM

Here are examples of PA Common Core goals for students in kindergarten, and third, eighth and 12th grades, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. For more examples, visit


Kindergarten: Use objects to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Third grade: Add two- and three-digit whole numbers (limit sums from 100 through 1,000) and/or subtract two- and three-digit numbers from three-digit whole numbers.

Eighth grade: Apply concepts of rational and irrational numbers.

High school: Apply concepts of complex numbers in polynomial identities and quadratic equations to solve problems.


Kindergarten: Count, pronounce, blend, and segment syllables in spoken words.

Third grade: Answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Eighth grade: Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (through comparisons, analogies, categories).

High school: Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.

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