Math, Literacy, & Common Standards
Mapping out the landscape of academic content and instruction in the common-core era
April 25, 2012
Nearly every state has signed on to use the Common Core State Standards as a framework for teaching English/language arts and mathematics to students. Translating them for the classroom, however, requires schools, teachers, and students to change the way they approach teaching and learning. This report examines the progress some states have made in implementing the standards, what preparations need to be undertaken, and the challenges that policymakers and educators face in achieving the goals of the standards.
- Teaching Advocates Worry Implementation Could Derail Common CoreWhether the standards succeed will depend largely on how well they are translated from expectations to classroom instruction, advocates say.Reading & Literacy Reading on Science, Social Studies Teachers' AgendasTo meet expectations of the common standards, Kentucky’s social studies and science teachers are teaching reading strategies.Special Education Standards Open the Door for Best Practices From Special Ed.As schools rewrite curricula, the timing is right for UDL, RTI, according to experts.Federal Language Demands to Grow for ELLs Under New StandardsEnglish-learners will have to go beyond the fundamentals and master "academic language," experts say.Teaching Concern Abounds Over Teachers' Preparedness for StandardsSome districts have prepared their teachers on the new instructional approaches for the common core; others have done little.