Common-Standards Curriculum: California Districts Step Up

By Catherine Gewertz — March 28, 2011 1 min read
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There are plenty of rumblings from folks who say they are developing curriculum for the common standards. We already know that people mean many different things when they say this.

We’ve got the big publishers adapting or creating instructional materials for the new standards, as well as a flock of folks financed by the Gates Foundation, and the federally funded assessment consortia. We’ve got the AFT pushing for shared curricula (though not specifying yet who would write it). Curriculum folks out in the states and districts are training an eye on the landscape ahead, as well. A chunk of New York City’s pilot on common core, for instance, involves curriculum alignment.

Now comes word that a group of school districts in California isn’t waiting around for the state to build curriculum frameworks and such (hat tip to John Fensterwald of the Educated Guess blog). John tells us that CORE, a group of seven districts that pushed forward California’s Race to the Top application, is rallying teachers to build instructional materials and formative assessments for the standards, which California and most other states have adopted.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.