Definition of Common Core in English:

Common Core

(also Common Core Standards)


  • (in the US) a set of educational standards for teaching and testing English and mathematics between kindergarten and 12th grade.

    • ‘the Common Core outlines skills and knowledge that public school students should acquire in each grade’
    • ‘with the adoption of the new Common Core Standards, there is much greater emphasis on being able to write coherently about what one reads’
    • ‘Common Core tests’


Early 21st century from Common Core State Standards Initiative.