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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Lawmakers and governors—new and re-elected—are likely to turn their attention to standards, testing, funding, and school choice when the curtain rises on the 2015 legislative season.
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
December 9, 2014 - Education Week
One multistate testing consortium—the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—is giving tests this fall to 30,000 secondary students.
December 8, 2014 - Education Week
Through parent math nights, letters home, and videos, schools are providing a quieter counterpoint to media critiques of the math standards.
December 2, 2014 - Education Week
Drawing on real-world advice from principals, several initiatives in the Obama administration's second term aim to address the needs of school leaders.
December 1, 2014 - Education Week
Over the past three years, the state has invested heavily in common-core training for teachers, but has recently signaled a weaker commitment to the standards amid rising opposition.
November 25, 2014 - Education Week
Kevin Huffman gained prominence for policy positions as Tennessee's education commissioner, but he also clashed with state lawmakers and local superintendents.
November 20, 2014 - Education Week
More than half the students who take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test are expected to fall below the cutoffs for grade-level proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics.
November 17, 2014 - Education Week
An accurate and fair grading system empowers teachers and students while also building trust, writes Joe Feldman.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week
The battle for the Golden State's top K-12 spot—with teachers' unions backing incumbent Tom Torlakson's successful re-election bid—became a proxy war over K-12 policy.
November 11, 2014 - Education Week

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