The Common Core State Standards are not a curriculum. Rather, they are a series of benchmarks that guide students through their education. States that have implemented the Standards also used aligned curricula, but all in all, the Common Core is meant to serve as more of a guide than instructions. As such, the Standards themselves do not dictate how educators teach their students – teachers can still come up with creative lesson plans to teach Common Core goals. However, the educational changes have seemed to impact classrooms, and that may not be a bad thing.