When becoming a new teacher, you can become overwhelmed. From back - to - school events, parent conferences, to writing new curriculum and making sure you have your assignments made beforehand to lessen the ever stifling feeling you may not make it to winter break, the work of a teacher is never ending. On top of everything you must do, there are things that you must know. One of these, most importantly, are the current educational standards for your state. Let's take a brief look at the Common Core State Standards and how it has evolved throughout the years.