Common Standards

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

Dowan McNair-Lee shares a farewell hug with student Mikel Robinson after the 8th grade promotion ceremony at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in June. Last month, she and other teachers learned the results of student tests.
—Jared Soares for Education Week

One District's Common-Core Bet: Results Are In

Small teams from all District of Columbia schools have been analyzing student test performance from 2012-13 to guide teachers' instruction in the new school year. (September 9, 2013)

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

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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.

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.


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Educators must move past common-core anxiety and focus on steps for implementing the standards, Linda Diamond writes.
August 27, 2013 - Education Week
A look at how and why our food has lost its nutritional value offers an analogy for what's going wrong in education, writes Paula Stacey.
August 27, 2013 - Education Week
Most respondents had never heard of the common standards—and among those who had, fewer than half said the standards would help make students more competitive internationally.
August 21, 2013 - Education Week
New York officials say lower scores on tests aligned to the common core are a "wake-up call," while critics slam the tests and other facets of the program.
August 19, 2013 - Education Week
Proponents of teaching film studies in the K-12 classroom say it boosts students’ complex literacy skills and dovetails with the new common standards.
August 15, 2013 - Education Week
The nonprofit best known for the SAT joins a growing list of players seeking pieces of the common-core-assessment business.
August 14, 2013 - Education Week
A number of private schools in Florida are looking to implement the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms, writes Carol Thomas.
August 6, 2013 - Education Week
The common-core standards lack an essential element in ignoring civics education, Web Hutchins writes.
August 6, 2013 - Education Week
Opponents of the Common Core State Standards take aim at assessments aligned to the standards, seeing them as a weak link that may slow the common core's momentum.
August 2, 2013 | Updated: August 7, 2013 - Education Week
After learning the price tag for PARCC tests designed to align with the common-core standards, state officials are weighing their options.
July 23, 2013 - Education Week

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