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The Standards Implementation Framework is a guidance document for States and Districts in planning for, evaluating, and validating their standards implementation. It provides a general model to implementing new or revised content standards and represents a compilation of best practices, supported...

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Based on a survey of more than 20,000 teachers nationwide, this report found that an increasing number of teachers feel prepared to teach the Common Core (75% in 2013 compared to 59% in 2011). However, 76% of teachers said that they "require additional planning time, with a similar number pointing...

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This report describes current assessment and accommodation decision-making processes, test score use practices, and issues and challenges educators face in making appropriate decisions for ELLs with disabilities. Findings are based on online focus groups of 232 school and district practitioners in...

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This is the first in a series of four issue briefs examining critical issues facing middle school youth and the role that after-school programs can play in addressing these issues. This brief explores after-school and the Common Core State Standards, describing: 1) how U.S. students measure up...

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With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready (CCR) standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's eighth annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how states are aligning those standards with policies and practice to better ensure that all...

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Research suggests that for high school graduates to be prepared for success in post-secondary settings, they need to take four years of challenging mathematics, including content at least through Algebra II or its equivalent, and four years of rigorous English aligned with college- and career-ready...

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The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has developed a model college and career readiness agenda composed of six interrelated components (see below). In two instructional modules, SREB reviews the progress in six states to improve readiness; suggest ways to build on existing policy, research...

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In this American Educator magazine article, Stanford Researcher Linda Darling Hammond argues that the United States needs a conception of teacher evaluation as part of a teaching and learning system that supports continuous improvement. She says that initiatives to develop teaching quality must...

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This NCSS Social Studies Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse was created to provide: 1) examples of social studies performance-based assessment measures conducted at local and state levels; 2) research findings that support the use of performance-based assessment to inform instruction, and 3...

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Representatives from a group of state education agencies and the leading organizations in social studies collaborated to create a framework to provide states with voluntary guidance for upgrading existing social studies standards. This framework does not include all that can or should be included...

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As part of a series of accessible articles on reading instruction (Text Matters), Elfrieda Hiebert examines the particular issues faced by English learners with regard to text complexity. Prior to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), old standards documents referred to reading proficiency with...

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This professional paper published by TESOL discusses the shifting landscape surrounding the new Common Core Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and their implications for building and enacting ESL teacher expertise. The authors explain the challenges and the...

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This is a video of a middle school writing lesson aligned to college and career ready standards. The teacher states that the purpose of the day's work is to raise the level of student writing by making strong and persuasive arguments. During the lesson, the students analyze a model paragraph in...

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Understanding the King—MLK Speech Analysis is an America Achieves video of 5th-grade close-reading instruction aligned to college and career readiness standards. This LINK TO RESOURCE button on the right will take you to the America Achieves home page. There you can log in (or create an account to...

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This article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine says that rigorous instructional demands tied to standards warrant system-wide supports at the supervisor level. The author says that to address the Common Core standards effectively, teachers and their school district supervisors must ensure...

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Published by the Northwest Evaluation Association, this research-based guide informs assessment planning in the early grades. The purpose of this white paper is to support assessment and instructional leaders in planning or reviewing their assessment implementations in the early grades (pre-...

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This Special Issues Brief from the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at American Institutes for Research (AIR) focuses on career and technical education (CTE) teachers who work in secondary schools. CTE teachers are certified classroom teachers who teach in one of the many CTE-specific...

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This guide, published by the Northwest Evaluation Association, provides practical insights for educators, parents, and policy makers on the necessity of measuring student growth. The guide examines the ways in which assessment measures student growth fairly and accurately and discusses how growth...

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The authors reviewed state practices to support children’s school readiness from birth to age five. The authors provided a brief review of the research on the importance of early childhood education, an overview of state Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) and statewide school readiness assessments...

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This National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) brief focuses on 11 case study schools that that received federal funds through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program from 2010-11 to 2012-13. These schools had a high proportion of English Language Learner Students (ELLs). Three key...

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New assessments on the Common Core are critical to give school leaders new and better tools to guide instruction, support teachers, and improve outcomes. In this article, Darling-Hammond gives ideas in the development of new assessments and how they can support a multiple-measure framework to...

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In his blog post, Grant Wiggins explores the idea of conceptual understanding in mathematics. He quotes examples of when conceptual understanding appears in the Common Core and tries to define the term, using the work and key ideas from mathematicians, researchers, and educators. Wiggins also...

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Deeper Learning is the shorthand phrase that The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has adopted to describe an initiative in which the majority of the Education Program’s resources are directed toward supporting new standards for equity and excellence in U.S. public education. The Deeper Learning...

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Front Matter is an introduction to a series of papers that make up the Progressions Documents for the Common Core Math Standards. In this introduction, the writing team for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics presents an overview of how the math standards were conceptualized and...

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Instructional materials have important effects on student learning, but there is a lack of research on the effectiveness of most instructional materials, and a there is little systematic information being collected on which materials are being used in schools. Chingos and Whitehurst believe the...

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More of America's students will need to achieve some post-secondary education for a successful future in the workplace and society. Students need to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills to complete a post-secondary education. For states and stakeholders, this paper serves to: (1...

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This report presents a mixed-method study that investigated high-achieving high school students’ success on key indicators of post-secondary school readiness. The authors used data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine college enrollment patterns and college readiness...

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The National Center for Literacy Education conducted a national survey of educators to examine their experiences with transitioning to the new literacy Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This report provides an overview of the findings from the survey. Major findings include: (1) nationwide,...

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been widely adopted by states. According to this report, these new standards, and the assessments being built to measure them, offer the possibility of far greater uniformity in curriculum and assessment across the nation than has characterized U.S....

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This paper is designed to help school and district leaders reflect on their efforts to support their teachers' transition to the Common Core and to identify one or two priority areas on which to focus as they  move forward with their implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The paper is...

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