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FYI for the Common Core Standards

About the Common Core Standards

  • Common Core State Standards Home Page - http://www.corestandards.org/

  • Achieve, Inc. - http://www.achieve.org/achievingcommoncore provides the research, updates, and information on the Common Core initiative, including links for assessments and the American Diploma Project. The American Diploma Project (ADP) Network now includes 35 states that are dedicated to making sure that every high school graduate is prepared for college or careers. Together, Network member states are responsible for educating 85 percent of all U.S. public school students.

  • The Council of Chief State School Officers - http://www.ccsso.org/ - is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

  • National Governors Association - http://www.nga.org - the bipartisan organization of the nation's governors—promotes visionary state leadership, shares best practices and speaks with a collective voice on national policy.

  • Pearson Education Common Core Resources - http://commoncore.pearsoned.com/index.cfm?locator=PS11T9  -  Browse our informative links, frequently asked questions, archived webinars, conferences, media selections, white papers, and other Common Core resources. Webinars and videos are delivered by the writers of the CCSS.


  • The PARCC - http://www.fldoe.org/parcc/ - the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is based in Florida.  This link contains information of the partnership, news, and updates.

  • PARCC online - http://www.parcconline.org/ - We are very excited to share the new website for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers! Whether you are an educator, policymaker, parent, student or simply an engaged member of the public, this website offers useful  information on the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments.

  • Center for K–12 Assessment & Performance Management at ETS - http://k-12center.net/index.html  The mission of the Center is to create timely events where conversations regarding new assessment challenges can take place and to publish and disseminate the best thinking and research on the range of measurement issues facing national, state and local decision makers.  The specific link - http://www.k12center.org/publications.html - provides publications, presentations, and research on the new assessments for the CCSS.

ELA Resources

  • Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project - http://www.commoncore.org/  - The mapping project (for ELA only) was not a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative but partially funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    • Common Core’s Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts translate the new Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten through 12th grade into unit maps that teachers can use to plan their year, craft their own more detailed curriculum, and create lesson plans. They were  written by public school teachers for public school teachers and are available free of charge to anyone who would like to use them. The maps are flexible and adaptable, yet they address every standard in the CCSS. Any teacher, school, or district that chooses to follow the Common Core maps can be confident that they are adhering to the standards. The maps are undergoing revision based on suggestions received during a month-long public comment period conducted in the Fall of 2010. A 2011 edition of the maps will be released soon.

  • International Reading Association Resources - http://www.reading.org/Resources/ResourcesByTopic/CommonCore-resourcetype/CommonCore-rt-overview.aspx Provides resource links to Common Core ELA Resources.

Math Resources

  • National Council of Teachers of  Mathematics - http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=27524 - This one-of-a-kind guide identifies and highlights the ways in which NCTM resources can support teachers as they implement and supplement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in their states. The guide and accompanying charts are tools to help educators as they continue to make high-quality mathematics happen in their classrooms and schools.

  • NCSM National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics- http://www.mathedleadership.org/ NCSM is a national mathematics leadership organization providing resources, networking, collaboration, and support for mathematics student achievement.

  • Comparing CCSS and NCTM’s Curriculum Focal Points http://www.achieve.org/files/CCSSandFocalPoints.pdf - Achieve has analyzed the CCSS and Focal Points to determine how they compare in terms of rigor, coherence, and focus mathematical content.

  • Tools for the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics by Bill McCallum – http://commoncoretools.wordpress.com/ - News about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

  • Inside Mathematicshttp://insidemathematics.org – Welcome to Inside Mathematics, a professional resource for educators passionate about improving students' mathematics learning and performance. This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.

  • MARS Assessment Resource Services - http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~ttzedweb/MARS/ - The Mathematics Assessment Resource Service, works with districts and states on performance assessment design and implementation, and on professional development for designers and teachers. The site includes their services, research, work, and sample MARS tasks.

  • Balanced Assessment - http://balancedassessment.concord.org/ - The library of over 300 mathematics assessment tasks developed during the project remains freely available through this web site. Teachers may use these materials in their own classrooms at no cost.

  • Mathematics Assessment Project – Shell Center/MARS  - http://map.mathshell.org.uk/materials/index.php - The project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS).

  • Illustrative Mathematics – Guidance for CCSS in Math - http://illustrativemathematics.org/ - The Illustrative Mathematics Project will provide guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards. Site currently under construction.


ISBE’s site with links to information for the Common Core Standards - http://www.isbe.net/common_core/default.htm

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