The 21st Century Skills initiative is at the heart of the Common Core State Standards. With the arrival of the Common Core State Standards, students in Grades K-12 are entering a new era of learning that will deeply challenge and expand their knowledge of learning and innovation, life and career skills, and media and technology. With embedded BrainPOP® K-8 digital resources in Acuity, educators have access to digital curricular content that engages students, supports 21st Century Skills, and boosts student achievement.