Vision Meets Reality
The Common Core in Action
April 23, 2014
The Common Core State Standards have been reshaping the American education landscape for four years, leaving their mark on curriculum and instruction, professional development, teacher evaluation, the business of publishing, and the way tests are designed. In this special report, Education Week explores how the initial vision for the standards—and for aligned assessments—is now bumping up against reality in states, school districts, and local communities.
- Special Education Alternative-Assessment Groups Pursue Divergent PathwaysThe two organizations, both federally funded, are developing alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, but are working under very different theories of learning.Curriculum Two Districts, Two Approaches to Common-Core CurriculumTo help implement the common-core standards, one district opts for the offerings of a major publisher, while another writes its own materials.