Vision Meets Reality: Common Core in Action

The Common Core State Standards have been reshaping the American education landscape for four years, leaving their mark on curriculum and instruction, professional development, teacher evaluation, the business of publishing, and the way tests are designed. In this special report, Education Week explores how the initial vision for the standards—and for aligned assessments—is now bumping up against reality in states, school districts, and local communities.

The common-core standards have touched virtually every aspect of the nation's K-12 system over the past several years, but big challenges remain for the initiative.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

Political, technical, and financial factors have constrained some of the original, and more ambitious, plans for the assessments being developed by two state coalitions.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

Schools of education are showing a range of responses to the common core, including acceptance, uncertainty, and even resistance.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

From technology to curricular materials and testing tools, the common-core standards are having considerable influence on K-12 spending decisions.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

To help implement the common-core standards, one district opts for the offerings of a major publisher, while another writes its own materials.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

The two organizations, both federally funded, are developing alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, but are working under very different theories of learning.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

Critics of the standards for English/language arts and mathematics span the political spectrum, from tea-party members to union leaders.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week


May 21, 2014, 2 p.m. ET: Tale of Two Districts: Differing Curricular Journeys to the Common Core
One school district in Florida and another in California faced the same problem: They needed new curricula for the common core. But they solved that problem in very different ways.

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