Common Core Standards Coming Soon

April 13, 2012 by
Filed under: Curriculum 

While California school districts are frantically trying to find funds to keep core services going, the looming implementation of Common Core Standards deserves attention from school boards. Without proper planning and preparation, school districts could find themselves overwhelmed by sheer magnitude of the work that needs to be done.

Background

In 2009, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) committed to developing a set of standards that would help prepare students for success in career and college. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is a voluntary, state-led effort coordinated by the CCSSO and NGA to establish clear and consistent education standards.

On August 2, 2010, the California State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to adopt the CCSS. More information about the standards may be found on the CDE’s CCSS Resources Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cc.

Implementation Timeline

In March 2012, the SBE approved the Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California. The extensive 62 page document provides a framework for the intended implementation. Local education agencies are encouraged to do the following in 2012:

  • Support professional learning to promote awareness of and familiarity with the CCSs
  • Compare and contrast the CCSS with the 1997 content standards
  • Conduct local needs assessment to identify needs and set priorities for professional learning and develop local professional learning plan based on identified needs and full implementation in 2014-15
  • Review current instructional materials and identify material which aligns to CCSS
  • Identify CCSS that current materials do not support (use supplemental instructional materials review evaluation criteria for grades K-8) and develop lessons using resources from the library, Internet, and primary source documents
  • Compare/contrast CCSS with current content standards and begin to incorporate new skills in the CCSS into instructional planning
  • Utilize online technology readiness tool to evaluate current technology and infrastructure
  • Utilize parent communication structures to share resources on the CDE’s Web site with parents, families, and the local educational community to promote awareness and understanding of the CCSS and new developments regarding CCSS systems implementation
  • Identify state and federal funds currently available for use in CCSS systems implementation
  • Establish fiscal boundaries and timelines for the development of specific programmatic resources
  • Seek funding from the United States Department of Education and private educational foundations to support CCSS implementation efforts
  • Seek funding from state government to support implementation efforts
  • Identify existing stakeholder communication structures
  • Identify local stakeholders who will receive communications regarding implementation of CCSS systems

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    One Comment on Common Core Standards Coming Soon

    1. MIke McMahon on Sat, 14th Apr 2012 8:49 am
    2. New report issued that attempts to predict the impact of implementing Common Core. Bottom line: No effect on student achievement. http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2012/0216_brown_education_loveless.aspx

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