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

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.

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.

PD DIRECTORY

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

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A New Jersey high school student who posted a tweet about a question on a common-core test has unintentionally sparked a national controversy.
March 30, 2015 - Education Week
The approaches diverge from those taken by most of their public school counterparts, but experts suggest the tactics and strategies could be replicated.
March 24, 2015 - Education Week
The common standards have had positive and negative results for teacher Ariel Sacks, who says that the key to realizing their potential is teacher input.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
While the standards offer depth, they are not well supported by school instructional policies, writes teacher John Troutman McCrann.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
Following his district's big academic gains, receiver/superintendent Jeffrey Riley explains why he won't yet implement the standards assessment.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
Sometimes the common core seems like a blank projection screen for what people want to see, says teacher Peter Greene.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
Charlotte Danielson explains what a study uncovered about the kind of support educators need to implement the standards.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
New Hampshire schools demonstrate how competency-based education offers a positive, skills-based approach to standards learning, writes Ronald A. Wolk.
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
March 17, 2015 - Education Week
Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights defends the Common Core State Standards in his Commentary "Low Standards Do a Disservice to All" (Feb 4, 2015). He says critics are mounting a political "assault" on the common core.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week

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