States and districts across the country are using promising and effective practices to implement the Common Core, but more work remains to ensure a smooth transition to the new standards.
The Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by more than 40 states and the District of Columbia, are one of the most important reforms to American public education in decades. The standards will improve the quality of education by creating a roadmap for the knowledge and skills that students need to be successful in the 21st century. If implemented correctly, the new standards and aligned tests will make rote memorization, simplified curricula, and bubble tests things of the past.Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005
Across the country, low-income students, students of color, English language learners, and students with disabilities often do not receive the same high-quality education as their peers. The Common Core State Standards take the first step toward ensuring education equity.
The Common Core State Standards will provide military-connected children—who often change schools frequently as their parents move from duty station to duty station—with more consistent and high-quality education.
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.
Public education in America is poised to take great steps forward in readying the next generation for success in higher education and the workforce through widespread adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The vast majority of students across the country will soon be held to the highest set of English language arts and math expectations in U.S. history. To meet this sharp rise in expectations for teaching and learning, educators and students can benefit from having additional time to process, understand, and become proficient in the new, more rigorous standards and curricula, as well as the new assessments that will come with them.Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005
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.
The Common Core State Standards provide a clear picture of what students across the country need to know and be able to do for a successful future. The start of the 2013-2014 school year marks a time when many states will begin measuring student performance using new, more rigorous assessments aligned to the Common Core standards. States anticipate a significant drop in student test scores as a result of implementing Common Core-aligned assessments. While the Common Core will receive heightened attention during the upcoming school year as it becomes more apparent that students are not yet prepared for success in the global economy, it is imperative to remember that the Common Core initiative presents an opportunity to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education.Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005
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.
The Common Core State Standards initiative presents challenges to teacher evaluation systems across the country, many of which are in the early stages of development and implementation. The merging of the Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluation systems must be approached in innovative ways so that teachers and the systems under which they are evaluated are able to adapt to new expectations.Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005