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What Is Core Knowledge?

What Is Core Knowledge? Educational excellence and equity demands a strong foundation of knowledge for all children—and a coherent plan for teaching what every child needs to know. More…

Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards The Core Knowledge Foundation supports the common standards initiative. Voluntary standards are "a not-to-be-missed opportunity" for American education. —E. D. Hirsch, Jr. More…


A Clear and Compelling Education Reform Movement

The Core Knowledge Foundation is dedicated to finding ways to realize the goal reflected in our motto–educational excellence and equity for all children.  Our initiatives include the researched-based Core Knowledge Sequence, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence, the innovative Core Knowledge Language Arts program, and an expanding network of high-performing schools—and a growing array of  materials and professional development to support them. 

The Foundation supports the Common Core State Standards Initiative.  Adopted by nearly every state in the U.S., the Common Core English Language Arts standards note that “building knowledge systematically in English language arts is like giving children various pieces of a puzzle in each grade that, over time, will form one big picture.”  The standards emphasize how important it is for students to read texts across disciplines and build a foundation of knowledge that will give them the background to be better readers in all content areas.  “Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades,” note the authors of the standards.  While standards are not a curriculum, the Common Core State Standards echo and support the work of the Core Knowledge Foundation for the last 25 years.

Whether you are a teacher, administrator, parent, policy maker or community leader, we invite you to learn more about Core Knowledge , join our partnership, and help make educational excellence and equity a reality in your school, in your community, and in the lives of all children.