1. Achieve the Core, from Student Achievement Partners (who were deeply involved in writing the Core), has great free resources beginning with this handy summary of instructional implications of the Core:


  • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational texts
  • Reading and writing grounded in evidence from text
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary


  • Focus strongly where the Standards focus
  • Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
  • Rigor: In major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity

2. Education Sector held a Hewlett-sponsored Common Core discussion on March 27 with a great panel including Idaho chief  (and CCSSO chair) Tom Luna.   It’s worth watching the highlight video.

3. Achieve and Education First and have partnered on the development of a new “Common Core State Standards Implementation Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool.”

4. The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) awarded a contract to Pearson to develop a new “Technology Readiness Tool” to support states as they transition to the next-generation assessments, which are based on the Common Core state standards.  Here’s some press coverage, here’sGetting Smart coverage, and Tom’s blog on Getting Ready for Online Assessment. 

5. Also on the assessment front, SETDA hosts Assess4ed.net is designed to help you address the challenges and leverage the opportunities of next generation assessment systems powered by technology.

5. By the way, if you want to study the new expectations you can find them here http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards

7. But don’t confuse CoreStandards.org with Lynn Munson’s CommonCore.org which built Core-aligned content-rich curriculum maps.

8. Pearson has a website devoted to Common Core resources including math, English, and online assessment.

9. MasteryConnect has a frequently downloaded app with great Core-aligned resources including formative assessment.

10. LearnZillion has Core-aligned instructional videos for teachers


    • It’s hard to defend the current practice of 50 different standards. Common standard
      1. Will result in real college/career ready standards
      2. Improve comparability
      3. Enable shared content, assessment and tools

      The last benefit has already boosted investment in next gen content and tools–and that’s a great thing for everyone. The shift to digital and the increase in open content will offset any benefits of scale–no cash cows ahead, but lots of benefit for kids, teachers, and schools.

  1. The DBQ Project supported the Common Core before the Common Core was developed. Inquiry based history lessons. Lots of teachers are using them to teach literacy in non-fiction grades 4-12. Even some kindergarten teachers are interested!



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