Common Standards

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

Janet Barresi, center, state superintendent of Oklahoma schools, speaks on the Oklahoma Standards Development Process plan to develop new state education standards, pictured in a chart at rear, during a state school board meeting in Oklahoma City, earlier this month. The board voted to again delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across the state.
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Common Core May Persist, Even in Opposition States

Despite heated resistance and high-profile bills, states' academic guidelines may still look a lot like the Common Core State Standards. (July 30, 2014)

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 Implementing Common Standards

This Spotlight highlights the curriculum, professional development, and online resources available to help teachers prepare for the common core.

Spotlight on Common Core Assessment and Curriculum

This Spotlight explains how the standards will impact curriculum development and the crafting of common assessments.

Issue Backgrounder

For background on this topic, see:
Standards

Blog Coverage

Standards
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.

On-Demand Webinars

Revealing How Education Leaders Can Work Together on Common-Standards Implementation
In this webinar, our guests provided available resources to guide principals and district leaders as they embrace the standards.

How One District is Putting the Common Standards Into Practice: A Case Study
In this webinar, our guests from a North Carolina school district discuss their experiences with putting the common core into practice.

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.

PD DIRECTORY

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

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The two main assessment consortia have much in common concerning the types of accommodations and tools for testing special populations, but they part company on some key issues.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
See a complete breakdown of key features of PARCC and Smarter Balanced testing, including the types of tests used by each consortia and a look at the groups' testing windows.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
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

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