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Learn about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, from how the standards came into being to the next steps of implementation. Here you will find links and documents from the key stakeholders, developers, and advocates of the standards.
Introduction to the Common Core
Resource: Web Resource
Introduction to the Common Core adapted from a column by Gene R. Carter, Executive Director, ASCD.
Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability
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ASCD has released a new report titled "Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability" illuminating activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the nation.
From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas
Resource: Web Resource
A common misconception about the Common Core State Standards is that they dictate to teachers how to teach (teaching methods) and what to teach (curriculum). In a white paper written by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins entitled, "From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas", the authors argue "that these standards are in some ways obvious but may also be counter-intuitive and prone to misunderstanding." Read about their ideas here.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
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The home page of the Common Core State Standards Initiative offers background information, news, and downloads of the standards themselves.
Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School Districts'  Implementation
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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's 21st Century Workforce - Gates Foundation (White Paper)
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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.

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