Common Core State Standards

Connecticut Core Standards

West Haven has a high-quality K-12 curriculum aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards (which many know as the Common Core State Standards) in English language arts and mathematics. All other subject areas follow curricula based on state standards.

The Connecticut Core 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 our young people need for success in college, careers and life.

The standards in English and mathematics have been adopted by forty-five states. The state Board of Education has a new website about the standards. Visit it by clicking here.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a multi-state consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness.

Smarter Balanced is one of two multi-state consortia awarded funding from the U.S Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards by the 2014-2015 school year for English language arts and mathematics.

The work of Smarter Balanced is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed—regardless of disability, language or subgroup. Smarter Balanced involves experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers, and community groups working together.


  Did you know...

A recently published book about curriculum changes highlighted the West Haven School District for making a smooth transition to the Common Core State Standards and for giving teachers such an  active role in the process.