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.


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Common Core

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July 7, 2015 - Education Week
This U.S. map shows which states are using the Common Core State Standards and which are not.
June 29, 2015 | Updated: July 20, 2015 - Education Week
The Grandview, Wash., school system has made an unusually ambitious move to replace its entire Pre-K-10 math and English/language arts curricula with open resources.
June 10, 2015 - Education Week
School districts are putting technology experts at the head of the table in the labor-intensive process of choosing curricula for common-core instruction.
June 10, 2015 - Education Week
Amid sharp criticism, a key set of professional standards for the nation's school leaders will now explicitly address equity, social justice, and ethical behaviors.
June 10, 2015 - Education Week
Disagreements between the state's education chief and other officials could complicate work on academic standards, school finance, and other topics.
June 9, 2015 - Education Week
New papers rehash debates around whether the common-core reading standards represent—or discourage—"developmentally appropriate" teaching practice for young children.
June 5, 2015 - Education Week
Some say the changes could complicate efforts around the country to put 8th graders in Algebra 1—a still-debated trend that's grown over the past two decades.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week
The state's home-grown replacement for the common core has earned support from a broad spectrum of K-12 and higher education leaders, state officials say.
June 2, 2015 - Education Week
It's hard to say, but more schools are focusing on building postsecondary transition plans for their students with disabilities.
May 29, 2015 - Education Week

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