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Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts
Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts' Implementation

This report from the Center on Education Policy introduces the Common Core State Standards and key findings about school districts’ implementation.

Green Flags and Red Flags for ELA and Literacy Implementation
Green Flags and Red Flags for ELA and Literacy Implementation

What does a classroom look like when it's aligned with the instructional intent of the Common Core State Standards? If this question is on your mind, the Green Flags/Red Flags documents can be used to help understand what implementing the CCSS with fidelity entails. Equally as important, these documents help you understand what a CCSS-aligned classroom would not look like. Meant to act as a guide and a blueprint for what should be included and what should be discontinued in the classroom, these documents can be used to determine patterns of implementation, provide evidence for conversations around professional growth, and for self-reflection. They are not intended for teacher evaluation.

Green Flags and Red Flags for Mathematics Implementation
Green Flags and Red Flags for Mathematics Implementation

What does a classroom look like when it's aligned with the instructional intent of the Common Core State Standards? If this question is on your mind, the Green Flags/Red Flags documents can be used to help understand what implementing the CCSS with fidelity entails. Equally as important, these documents help you understand what a CCSS-aligned classroom would not look like. Meant to act as a guide and a blueprint for what should be included and what should be discontinued in the classroom, these documents can be used to determine patterns of implementation, provide evidence for conversations around professional growth, and for self-reflection. They are not intended for teacher evaluation.

Making a Difference in Student Achievement
Making a Difference in Student Achievement

This PCG Education white paper gives a quick overview of eight differences between CCSS-ELA standards and current state standards, and outlines actions that school and district leaders must take to unlock the potential of the CCSS for K–12 students.

Fewer, Clearer, Higher: Moving Forward with Consistent Rigorous Standards for All Students
Fewer, Clearer, Higher: Moving Forward with Consistent Rigorous Standards for All Students

This Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paper describes why the Common Core State Standards are necessary for ensuring that students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college or career and provides context for state leaders wrestling with decisions on how to implement new standards, assessments, and teaching tools.

Preparing America
Preparing America's 21st Century Workforce - Gates Foundation (White Paper)

This report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation surveys business executives to assess their awareness of the Common Core State Standards and examine how they view workforce issues facing America.

LDC and UbD:  Complementary Frameworks
LDC and UbD: Complementary Frameworks

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, educators are now charged with translating the standards into curricula and effective teaching methods. In this paper, Jay McTighe explores connections between the robust frameworks of Understanding by Design® (UbD) and The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and suggests ways to extend the power and impact of each.

An EduCore White Paper: The Common Core Changes Almost Everything by Michael W. Kirst
An EduCore White Paper: The Common Core Changes Almost Everything by Michael W. Kirst

This featured EduCore white paper is written by Dr. Michael Kirst, the current President of the California State Board of Education and Professor Emeritus of Education and Business Administration at Stanford. In the paper, Dr. Kirst explains how successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires alignment in policy and practice. He discusses how the CCSS is more than just standards and will require a new vision for teaching and learning.

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