Common Standards

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

Sixth grader Alex Greuey reads through a problem in the English/language Arts section of a test as he and his classmates practice for common-core exams at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio.
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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 30, 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

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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.


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September 8, 2015 - Education Week
A half-dozen White House hopefuls talk common core, teachers' unions, and the federal role in K-12 at a New Hampshire event.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
Amplify, the education division of Rupert Murdoch's company, is deeply in the red and on the auction block after its ambitious vision failed to materialize.
August 25, 2015 - Education Week
The latest opinions polls from PDK/Gallup and Education Next gauge public sentiment on a range of heated education issues, including common-core standards, standardized testing, and school choice.
August 23, 2015 - Education Week
The education policy stakes surrounding races in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are high and could have an impact on the national discussion about common-core standards.
August 18, 2015 - Education Week
Newspapers hold great promise as instructional tools for enriching English/language arts instruction, writes Joanne Yatvin.
August 14, 2015 - Education Week
The number of states still officially part of the common-core testing consortium is half of what it once was, and that poses challenges, especially when it comes to costs.
August 4, 2015 - Education Week
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed their own bills to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Here's how the bills compare in key policy areas, and how they stack up against the No Child Left Behind Act—the current law—and the Obama administration's NCLB waivers.
August 3, 2015 - Education Week
Can an educational sketch-theater group known for teaching kids the art of storytelling thrive in the age of the Common Core State Standards and rigorous accountability expectations?
July 22, 2015 - Teacher
There's no consistent strategy as states cast a critical eye on the amount of time students spend taking standardized tests and the types of assessments that are required.
July 8, 2015 - Education Week

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