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Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers

Thomas B. Fordham Institute (02/26/2014) Cristol, Katie; Ramsey, Brinton S.

A new study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers," looks at four schools systems that were early implementers of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and provides an in-depth view of implementation at the district, school, and classroom level. The study reveals that teachers and principals are the primary faces and voices of the standards in their communities; district and school leaders must view the standards as the linchpin of instruction, professional learning, and accountability in order for implementation to be successful; and districts have had mixed success in devising their own CCSS-aligned materials when externally vetted materials are unavailable. Moreover, implementation will remain a challenge for another year in the absence of CCSS-aligned assessments, and CCSS-aligned professional development is hard to come by as well right now. "Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers" is available as an e-book.
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