Common Core State Standards Resources
Common Core State Standards Initiative
is comprehensive and well-organized. You can download PDFs of the
ASCD's Common Core Resources
ASCD received a $3 million grant from the Gates Foundation to support implementation of Common Core State Standards over a three-year period, and it has become an endorsing partner in the initiative. ASCD has developed a Common Core resource page with a wealth of information, and is hosting meetings in selected states to talk with educators about the support they need to implement Common Core. The orgainzation even has a twice-monthly, topic-based newsletter, Core Connection, that you can subscribe to by filling out a brief survey. And there's a hashtag to follow on Twitter at #ASCDcore.
Videos on the Common Core
Common Core Toolkit from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Research Reports by the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)
Two interesting studies about Common Core can be found through EPIC. "Lining Up: The Relationship Between the Common Core State Standards and Five Sets of Comparison Standards" compares the Common Core to existing standards, including standards from California, Texas, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, among others. For "Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness," EPIC interviewed college instructors about how closely the standards match their courses. You can download a variety of PDFs, including the Lining Up executive summary and the Reaching the Goal executive summary, and watch webinars for both studies.
Achieving the Common Core
As an independent, non-profit education-reform organization, Achieve has a mission of supporting standards-based education reform, and it offers both content and policy resources. The best place to start is the Achieving the Common Core page, where you will find a PowerPoint presentation, fact sheets, side-by-side comparisons of the CCSS and other respected benchmarks, videos, and lesson plans. The "On the Road to Implementation" guide is useful and well-organized, and Achieve has also developed a Common Core Comparison Tool to support states as they compare their existing standards with the CCSS (login required).
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
As one of the two state-led collaboratives developing new assessments that align with the Common Core Standards, PARCC received an $186 million Race to the Top grant. You will find a solid implementation page on its website with guides, webinars, workbooks, and more resources for the transition period. PARCC also offers a page called In the Classroom which is designed specifically for teachers in the trenches. PARCC is a consortium of 24 states, and its assessments will be ready for states to administer for the 2014-15 school year.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The other group that received a comparable sum in federal funding to create next-generation K-12 assessments is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Since we first published this article, Smarter Balanced launched a permanent website with a much heartier resource page, with various articles and links, and information about Race to the Top. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium consists of twenty-two governing and five advisory states, and it's on a time line that's similar to PARCC's.
Educational Testing Service's Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management
Articles About the Common Core
You can find a variety of great articles online that discuss the Common Core and list additional resources. Here are just a few:
Archieve the Core (Student Achievement Partners, which was founded by the writers of the Common Core Standards - provides free, high quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards) Engage NY (An online, collaborative platform to allow educators and the public to access and share resources that are working for CCSS implementation)