Common Core State Standards are K–12 standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics adopted by 45 states. The standards were incorporated into the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks by a vote of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2011.
Common Core in Three Minutes: What the Common Core Standards Are and Why They Matter
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From the NEA
The National Education Association and its members have played an integral role in the development of the CCSS. The NEA has created a 50-member CCSS Cadre to help vet and develop materials for members to use in their schools and districts. The first publication by this group is the NEA Common Core State Standards Toolkit, an interactive PDF with links to many useful tools related to curriculum alignment, teaching strategies and professional learning.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has a designated site for the new Common Core State Standards. There, you'll find:
Free websites that offer resources for teachers and administrators designing curriculum units and lessons aligned to the Common Core.
PBS NewsHour video: "In Defining What Public School Students Should Know, Teachers Wonder ‘How?’"
PBS NewsHour video: "Can a Computerized Test Measure Complex ‘Common Core’ Skills?"
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education
Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education has produced the following resources on the state’s standards and assessments:
WestEd Comparison Analysis
- In math, the study found there is a 96 percent full or partial alignment between the two sets of standards, with at least one partial alignment between each of the Massachusetts standards and the CCSS. The basic concepts and topics that typically define the mathematics domain are covered by both sets of standards.
- In ELA, the study found that there is a 74 percent full or partial alignment between the two sets of standards, with at least one partial alignment between each of the Massachusetts standards and the CCSS.
- CCSS more consistently cover depth of knowledge demands at the recall, basic application and strategic thinking levels, provide more detail with regard to learning expectations and are more specific in providing pedagogical guidance for instruction. The report is available here.
ACHIEVE THE CORE
Student Achievement Partners is an organization working with NEA and AFT – among other partners – to assist educators in adopting the Common Core. There are a number of useful documents available at www.achievethecore.org, including:
MTA members with questions about the Common Core, PARCC or ACCESS may send an email to CCSS@massteacher.org.