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Successful Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Materials Report
Teachers gather for a training session at SATO Academy of Math and Science in Long Beach, California, as they get ready for the first day of school. (Getty/Brittany Murray)

Successful Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Materials

Numerous studies underscore the effects of high-quality curricula on student achievement, but to achieve the intended goal of adopting such curricula, careful attention must be paid to the implementation process.

Amanda Fuchs Miller, Lisette Partelow

Revisited: Do Schools Challenge Our Students? Article
A student reads test questions on a laptop computer at Annapolis Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, on February 12, 2015. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Revisited: Do Schools Challenge Our Students?

Although many students still don’t feel like they are being challenged in the classroom, there have been clear instructional improvements associated with standards-based reform.

Ulrich Boser, Perpetual Baffour

Remedial Education Report
Remedial classes increase students’ time to degree attainment and decrease their likelihood of completion.

Remedial Education

As many as 60 percent of entering college freshmen are placed into remedial education courses to develop skills that they should have learned in high school, at a cost of more than $1 billion annually.

Laura Jimenez, Scott Sargrad, Jessica Morales, 1 More Maggie Thompson

Reading, Writing, and the Common Core State Standards Report
A third-grader works on her classroom's SMART Board during a grammar lesson in Freeman, South Dakota, in January 2014. (AP/Jeremy Waltner)

Reading, Writing, and the Common Core State Standards

Under the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, students are learning to dissect, analyze, and comprehend the type of complex reading they will encounter in college and the workplace.

Melissa Lazarín

Math Matters Report
A 12-year-old student works on math problems as part of a trial run of a new state assessment test in Annapolis, Maryland, February 12, 2015. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Math Matters

Staying the course with Common Core-aligned math instruction will afford students not only greater understanding of conceptual mathematics, but also more opportunity in the job market.

Max Marchitello, Catherine Brown

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success Video

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

Several school districts throughout the country are empowering teachers to lead the way to successful implementation of the Common Core.

Andrew Satter, Andrew Amore, Kaitlin Pennington, 1 More Nichole M. Hoeflich

Teacher Leadership Report
Teachers in California's Poway Unified School District meet to discuss a Common Core-aligned math curriculum. (CAP/Andrew Satter)

Teacher Leadership

A new CAP report highlights six districts that are using teacher leadership and labor-management collaboration to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards.

Andrew Amore, Nichole M. Hoeflich, Kaitlin Pennington

For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity Fact Sheet
Stacey Jacobson-Francis works on math homework with her 6-year-old daughter at their home in Berkeley, California. (AP)

For Women and Girls, the Common Core Is a Step Toward Greater Equity

The Common Core State Standards represent an important step toward closing achievement gaps and opening the door to higher-paying science, technology, engineering, and math jobs for millions of low-income girls and girls of color.

Testing Overload in America’s Schools Report

Testing Overload in America’s Schools

States and school districts are far from the goal of better, fairer, and fewer tests.

Melissa Lazarín

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