Anchor Standards

One key step in the journey of comprehending the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are their use of what they call College and Career Readiness (CCR) “anchor standards.”


A CCR anchor standard is a skill that high school graduates should have in order to be ready for entry into the world of work or postsecondary education. Basically, an anchor standard is an answer to the question, “What should a 21st century diploma holder be able to do in order to flourish?” Whether you teach kindergarten or 12th grade, an anchor standard is the target. The CCSS also offers more specific explanations of the anchor standards by grade level.


Because literacy tasks involve various modes of operation, there are several sets of anchor standards. They are: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language.