Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed in collaboration with our education partners to establish clear goals for learning that will prepare children for college and the workforce. The standards represent an aspirational document, which is our best current description of what we want our students to learn and be able to do in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The standards are not curricula. Local districts and teachers have authority over how to help students meet these standards. We help on the expertise and professional judgment of educators to figure out how to personalize instruction to achieve these goals.

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CCSS Implementation & Capacity Survey Data Analysis

The CCSS Implementation & Capacity Survey was distributed to Vermont educational leaders in March of 2015 in order to find out where school systems are along a continuum of implementation of CCSS and to determine what supports are still needed. Members of the Implementing Standards & Assessment Advisory Council; Mathematics, Science, and English Language Arts Content Coordinators; and School Effectiveness Coordinators reviewed and discussed the CCSS Implementation & Capacity Survey Data. This information is being used to inform decisions about professional learning opportunities for school year 2015-2016.

Standards and Assessment Implementation Guide

As a result of the adoption of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the development of new assessments to measure student achievement of those standards, the Agency of Education has worked with an internal and external group to develop a Standards and Assessment Implementation Guide. The guide provides information on the implementation of Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment, SBAC, and Dynamic Learning Maps.

2014–2015 Standards and Assessment Implementation Guide

The guide identifies goals for the implementation plan, key implementation steps as well as key contacts. It is divided into four sections: Professional Learning; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Communication Plan; and Infrastructure/Internal Work. It is viewed as a living document that will be revised over time to reflect the changing needs of Vermont educators and educational systems.

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Vermont's Transition to the Common Core State Standards

The documents, Vermont's Transition to the Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts and Mathematics, were written in 2011 to detail initial recommendations for professional learning aligned to the instructional changes required by the Common Core. This professional learning plan was developed by Vermont educators and professional development providers in collaboration with department staff. These documents are intended to provide schools and districts with guidance during the transition to the CCSS.

Common Core State Standards Event/Course
If you have an upcoming professional learning opportunity that you would like posted on the VE2 Common Core calendar, please download and fill out the Event/Course Form and send it to Lucille Chicoine at She will post the information on the calendar that can be found by going to the VE2 home page. Please help us to populate this calendar with Common Core events that are happening around the state.

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Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core/Math & Science Partnership Coordinator, at or (802) 479-1425

Page Last Updated on October 26, 2015