Hawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. They align with college and workforce expectations, are clear and consistent, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, are evidence-based, and are informed by standards in top-performing countries.
The aim is to create a set of common learning expectations for Mathematics and for English Language Arts/Literacy in subjects including literature, history, social studies, science and technical subjects.
It's important to note that the Common Core is not curriculum or teaching methods, but standards. Standards define what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level. Schools and teachers choose curriculum, and choose how standards are taught in the classroom.
Read the Standards: http://www.corestandards.org/read-the-standards/