Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the forthcoming tests from two nonprofit state assessment consortia—the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers—have the potential to improve student mastery.
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, testifies before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel.
Schools that are redesigned with significantly more time for both student learning and teacher development and collaboration will be better prepared to meet the challenges of Common Core implementation.
These fact sheets on states implementing the Common Core document the current state of student achievement, demonstrate the imperative on why higher standards are important, and offer a side-by-side comparison on how the Common Core State Standards will raise student achievement.
New approaches to teacher evaluation, combined with comprehensive professional development for teachers and school leaders and changes in the organization and capacities of school districts, can support the types of teacher knowledge acquisition and changes in instructional practices called for by the Common Core Standards and assessments.