Spotlight on Implementing Common Standards

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On Implementing Common Standards

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The Education Week Spotlight on Implementing Common Standards is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors including:

  • Aligning textbooks to the common-core standards
  • Early performance results on common-core assessments
  • Preparing principals for the common standards
  • Using teacher collaboration to implement the common core
  • Applying cost-effective strategies to standards implementation

You get the eight articles below in a downloadable PDF.

Basal readers rely more on analysis and documentation and less on students’ personal experiences.
November 13, 2012 - Education Week

This infographic follows the progression of the recent common-standards movement.
April 23, 2012 | Updated: January 23, 2014 - Education Week

The Smarter Balanced consortium will present only one performance task each in math and literacy, in addition to multiple-choice and other items.
November 29, 2012 | Updated: December 12, 2012 - Education Week

On the new tests, the first in the nation to be explicitly aligned to the common core, students scoring "proficient" or better fell by a third or more.
November 2, 2012 | Updated: November 19, 2012 - Education Week

After a slow start, a flurry of activity has occurred in the past six months to prepare principals for the new standards.
May 30, 2012 - Education Week

Helping teachers work together will be essential to the success of the common core, say Vicki Phillips and Robert Hughes.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week

Raising student expectations could help smooth the tough road ahead for standards implementation, writes Rick Dalton.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week

State leaders who make smart choices can shepherd standards implementation in a cost-effective manner, write Patrick J. Murphy and Elliot M. Regenstein.
August 28, 2012 - Education Week

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Implementing Common Standards (2012)

In order to implement the Common Core State Standards, educators need resources and materials that they can use. But not all school districts are moving at the same pace, and some teachers are frustrated with the lack of guidance coming from state and district leaders. This Spotlight highlights the curriculum, professional development, and online resources available to help teachers prepare for the common core.


Implementing Common Standards (2011)

There is ongoing debate about the implementation of common-core standards. These standards have widespread implications for curriculum, teacher training, student assessment and technology planning. This Spotlight follows the latest developments, state-by-state, and looks at the key players influencing the process of implementation.


Implementing Common Standards (2010)

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