A recent study from the RAND Corporation finds that teachers in the state of Louisiana tend to teach and think about their work in ways that are more aligned with the Common Core State Standards than other teachers.
The study results are based on RAND’s nationally representative American Teacher Panel surveys from June 2015 and October 2015, which looked at states that had adopted the common core as well as states that had adopted standards that were strikingly similar to the common core, such as those in Louisiana.
The study found teachers in Louisiana were more likely than their counterparts in other states to:
• Regularly use or consult standards-aligned instructional resources;
• Understand state standards; and
• Implement standards-aligned classroom practices.
The study notes that Louisiana has worked with teachers to develop its own coherent curriculum and has provided aligned materials to support better understanding and implementation of its standards, including free, online annotated reviews of K-12 textbooks for math and English/language arts.
A version of this article appeared in the January 18, 2017 edition of Education Week as State Standards