Map: Tracking the Common Core State Standards

Confused about where the common core stands nationally? See which states have kept the common core and which have (at least officially) replaced or rewritten it, with this new interactive map.

Confused about the status of the Common Core State Standards? You’re not alone.

Since we published an update last year about the status of the English/language arts and math standards across 50 states and the District of Columbia, there’s been a fair bit of activity regarding the standards. Although the national backlash to the common core seems to have cooled a little bit in recent months, several states have announced some kind of change to the standards due to state legislation, governors’ directives, or other reasons.

The map below represents our best judgment about the nominal status of the common core across the country. In addition to the map, see our drop-down menu below for information about how different states are handling the common core.

Please keep these things in mind: We have not tried to pick apart each state’s standards and judge which ones created new standards that are truly distinct from the common core. Adopting “new” standards can mean different things in different states, so different people might come to different judgments about the total number of states that use the common core. Also: Keep in mind that, in some cases, state school boards are required by law to review, revise, or reconsider their academic standards periodically, and for some states, that time is now or relatively soon. Finally: If a state hasn’t finalized a decision about rewriting or replacing the common core, we haven’t changed its status as a common-core state.

We've highlighted a few states with additional information about how they have handled the common core in recent years. Select a state to view its common core status in more detail.

Additional Resources:
The Common Core Explained
Common Standards Coverage: A Collection Page

Have any suggestions or comments about the way we’ve described states here? Send them to Andrew Ujifusa by email at

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Source: Andrew Ujifusa | Design & Visualization: Sumi Bannerjee & Gina Tomko

A version of this article appeared in the November 02, 2016 edition of Education Week as Snapshot: Tracking the Common Core