Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have adopted the Common Core standards, and tests based on these standards are set to go into effect in 2015. That's not far away! Here are some resources to help you understand what to expect.
Common Core Backlash:
Center for Public Education Director Patte Barth explores some criticisms of the Common Core in the April 2013 issue of American School Board Journal (pdf)
Governing to the Core:
A series of three briefs by the California School Boards Association with practical guidance for school boards on implementing the Common Core state standards:
The Power of Math: Patte Barth highlights the differences between the Common Core math standards and current practice in the January 2013 issue of American School Board Journal (pdf).
PARCC sample items: The PARCC assessment consortium has released its first sample items for mathematics and English language arts. A good first peek at what to expect.
Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments. A workbook for state and district leaders: Don’t be put off by the length of this workbook. Achieve, Inc. has put together useful tools and metrics for planning and implementing the CCSS as well as for monitoring your efforts.
More than 40 states have adopted the common core state standards (CCSS) and most of them will begin to assess students on CCSS mastery in 2014. How close are districts to being ready? What kind of supports are states providing? What remains to be put into place? Patte Barth provides the latest look at CCSS progress and its implications for districts at NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Diego in April 2013 .
Click here to download the CCSS 2013 Annual Conference Presentation (PPTX with notes)
directly from the Center for Public Education.
The Center for Public Education's director, Patte Barth, provided an overview and updates to progress on common core implementation and how states and districts are preparing at NSBA’s annual conference April 2012. The Center was joined by colleagues from Kentucky School Boards Association on March 6, 2012 to conduct a webinar on what you need to know about implementing the Common Core standards at the state and district levels.
The common core state standards: Focus for school board members, March 6, 2012. (Click to download the PPT)
CABE raises questions about costs of Common Core: article by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education about potential costs of CCSS implementation.(Click to download the PDF)
Coming together to raise achievement: report by Education Testing Service’s Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management about what to look for in the new CCSS assessments. (Click to download the PDF)