Common Standards

The latest news about the Common Core State Standards, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Mikel Robinson works on an assignment during English/language arts class at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington in 2013. The District of Columbia school system marshaled its resources to bring the common-core standards into classrooms early.
—Jared Soares for Education Week

The Common Core Explained

With all the developments and debate around the common-core standards, and the release of test results tied to them, here are the background, definitions, research, and other resources you need to get you up to speed. (September 28, 2015)

Research Center Report

From Adoption to Practice: Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core
This Education Week Research Center report draws on a national survey of teachers fielded during the 2013-14 school year and examines student and teacher readiness for the common core, access to high-quality materials and training, and long-term impact of the new standards and aligned assessments.

Spotlight on Common-Core Instruction

In this Spotlight, explore how teachers are leading the way in implementing the common core, review the effects of new math standards, and read interviews and commentary on the common-core literacy standards.

Spotlight on Special Education and the Common Core

In this Spotlight, take a look at how alternative assessments align to the common core, see how testing accommodations differ between consortia, and examine how a results-driven accountability system is giving new life to instruction.

Issue Backgrounder

For background on this topic, see:
The Common Core Explained

Blog Coverage

The Curriculum Matters blog covers developments on the adoption and implementation of common standards. Visit this page to browse the latest posts on this topic.

Related Webinars

Common-Core Webinars

These virtual broadcasts address the transition to and implementation of common-core standards, including the contentious mathematics standards.

Special Collection

Common Core: A Steep Climb
An Education Week series on the District of Columbia's vision of the common-core standards and how they are being put into practice.
Common-Core Commentaries
Thought leaders, policymakers and educators offer their opinions and ideas on the common-core standards.
Math, Literacy, & Common Standards
This special report maps out the landscape of academic content and instruction in the common-core era.
Quality Counts 2010
The 14th edition of Education Week's annual report looks at the national debate over common academic standards.


The Professional Development Directory features courses and resources for teachers on:
Common Core

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The 2014-15 school year marked a big change for many states because they switched to tests that for the first time reflect the Common Core State Standards.
November 16, 2015 - Education Week
A Republican's win in the Kentucky governor's race could shake up the political climate for common core in that state, and a Mississippi funding measure goes down to defeat.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
As an ESEA rewrite nears the finish line, states must prepare for a scaled-back federal footprint and how to assure continued progress for low-performing student subgroups.
November 10, 2015 - Education Week
PARCC and Smarter Balanced have formative assessments that enable teachers to see if students 'get it' long before the tests.
November 9, 2015 - Education Week
New principles aim to bolster states and districts in reducing the number of tests students take, while assuring high-quality assessments.
November 3, 2015 - Education Week
A variety of culprits are being cited as the cause of a sudden drop in NAEP scores, but experts recommend caution.
October 30, 2015 - Education Week
An in-depth review of testing in the nation's largest urban school districts concludes assessments are redundant, misaligned with standards, and often don’t address mastery of specific content.
October 24, 2015 - Education Week
A federal judge has issued a final judgment rejecting the Louisiana governor's federal lawsuit against the common-core standards, clearing the way for him to take his case to an appeals court.
October 22, 2015 - AP
Teacher effectiveness and common academic standards remain front and center for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, even as the Obama administration, which shares those priorities, prepares to enter its last full year.
October 8, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education has relaunched one of the most powerful tools it wields over states' academic standards and assessments: the "peer review" process that had been suspended for three years.
October 6, 2015 - Education Week

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