A majority of states say they already have begun to teach a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards in at least some districts or grade levels, according to results from a new survey that gauges states’ progress in bringing the standards to life in classrooms.
The survey also finds that nine of the 40 states that responded said they began to implement a new mathematics curriculum reflecting the standards across their entire K-12 system during the 2012-13 academic year or earlier, and 12 report the same for English/language arts, according to the new report from the Center on Education Policy, a research and advocacy organization based at George Washington University in the District of Columbia.
Meanwhile, 11 states have started to recommend or require the use of specific curricular materials that have been validated by the state education agency as reflecting the standards, with six more planning to do so this coming year or later.
Not surprisingly, nearly all the 40 states that responded to the Center on Education Policy survey said they are taking specific actions to prepare educators to teach the common-core standards, which 46 states and the District of Columbia have adopted.
A version of this article appeared in the August 21, 2013 edition of Education Week as Common Core