Common Core & Alabama College and Career Readiness Standards

The debate on Common Core continues in the State of Alabama.  The district, state, and national PTAs are all aligned in support of the Common Core Standards.  Use the resources below to dispel some of the myths and unravel the mystery of the Common Core.

CoreStandards.org

CoreStandards.org is the official website for the Common Core State Standards. In addition to general information on the standards, the site also includes resources and news.

CCSSO State Spotlights

CCSSO developed this list of tools and resources to point states to promising practices and tools to support Common Core State Standards implementation. This document primarily lists resources developed by CCSSO and the lead writers of the standards and is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all resources available.

Accelerating the College and Career Readiness of the Nation’s Students

Profiles of the 50 states and the District of Columbia capture the progress made in adopting the Common Core State Standards, work in ensuring those standards are accompanied by college- and career-ready assessments, and the benefits of preparing all students for success in college and a career.

PTA Parent Guides

The National Parent Teacher Association created grade-by-grade guides so parents can have a clear understanding of the skills their child should be mastering at each grade level under the Common Core State Standards. The guides include information on the key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning, methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teachers, and tips for planning for college and career.

Council of the Great City Schools Common Core Works

The Common Core Works website provides information that can help both parents and educators as they work to understand the Common Core. A three-minute animated video provides an overview of the standards in an engaging way.

 

Parent roadmaps available in English language arts/literacyand mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year.

Conservatives for Higher Standards

This website, launched July 17th, includes video, myth-busting documents, fact sheets, featured news, and tools for parents. The site demonstrates the urgent need for the Common Core State Standards and highlights support from conservatives.  Conservatives for Higher Standards is a project of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Achieve the Core

Developed by ASCD, the EduCore tool provides secondary teachers with high-quality teaching and learning resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards. 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 23 states plus the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English language arts and math aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

EduCore - Tools for Teaching the Common Core

Developed by ASCD, the EduCore tool provides secondary teachers with high-quality teaching and learning resources aligned to the Common Core State Standards. 

Common Core State Standards Videos

Created by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the James B. Hunt Jr., Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, these videos provide information ranging from a brief, animated overview video to an in-depth look at various components of the English language arts and math standards.

The Intersection – James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute Blog

The Intersection provides thoughtful conversation on policy, leadership, and student success. It is a forum for pressing issues in education, such as student achievement and the Common Core State Standards.

Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments

Created by Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute, the Implementing Common Core State Standards and Assessments workbook offers state and district leaders the means to plan for the CCSS and then drive implementation using a proven performance management methodology known as “delivery” to lay out clear action steps for states and districts.

“Reaching the Goal: Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness”

This study on the Common Core State Standards by the Education Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) is based on a national sample of college instructors and examines the applicability of all Common Core State Standards in comparison to their respective college courses.

State Education Standard (September 2012)

The National Association of State Boards of Education dedicated its September 2012 issue of The State Education Standard to the Common Core State Standards. Articles include information on state implementation efforts, Common Core State Standards opportunities for students with disabilities, the importance of professional learning for educators implementing the standards, and more.

“Impacting the Future” from Governing Magazine (September 2011)

 This piece focuses on the Common Core State Standards and the thoughtful, state-specific implementation currently underway in states across the country. It includes the voices of leading thinkers from both sides of the aisle who are working to support educators at all levels as they implement their states’ new standards.

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