Common Core Resources
Resources for Parents
What are the Common Core State Standards?
Parents Need To Know? is part of the series, Spotlight on
Common Core State Standards that is published by Education Northwest to keep
stakeholders informed about this initiative.
What do parents
need to know about the Common Core State
Standards (CCSS)? How will they affect teaching and assessing mathematics
and English language arts? What are the benefits and what can parents do to
prepare for the CCSS? This resource can answer these questions for
Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition strongly supports the Common Core
State Standards (CCSS). Every year many children move and change schools.
For these youth and, especially for the over 1.2 million military-connected
school-age students, the CCSS provide greater clarity and predictability,
regardless of zip code.
How are these standards different from past
The Common Core State Standards represent a paradigm shift in the
teaching of English Language Arts and mathematics, emphasizing deeper
learning and application of knowledge. This flyer,
Common Core State Standards: An Introduction for Families and Other
Stakeholders, makes the Common Core accessible to families and other
This three-minute video on
the Council of the Great City Schools website explains how the Common Core
State Standards will help students achieve high levels of learning that
prepare them for college and career.
This video, Common
Core “Building Dreams,” from Stand for Children provides parents with a
short, clear overview of what the Common Core State Standards are, why they
are critical now, and how it will prepare our kids for college and the jobs
of today – and tomorrow.
How will these standards affect my child?
Application to Students with Disabilities clarifies how the
Common Core State Standards provide an historic opportunity to improve
access to rigorous academic content standards for students with
During this webinar, Common Core
State Standards: What Parents Need to Know, Vermont Agency of
Education staff discuss the impact of Common Core State Standards on
students and families. Helpful tips and resources to support families in
this transition are provided.
What can parents do?
The Be a Learning Hero website helps parents to understand the expectations of the Common Core State Standards and discover ways to play an active role in their child’s learning. The Skills in Action section provides a link to videos that allow parents to see what the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics standards look like in practice in grades K – 5.
This section of achievethecore.org
contains resources which have been compiled for parents and community
members seeking to learn more about the Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards website provides answers to frequently
asked questions about the Common Core State Standards, including general
information, and answers about the process, content, and quality of the
The EngageNY Parent’s Backpack Guide provides information on what’s
shifting in your child’s ELA and Mathematics curriculum; what to look for
in your child’s backpack as these changes occur; and what parents can do to
support these shifts.
National PTA® created the Common Core State
Standards Guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for
English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics) that
- Key items that children should be learning in English language arts
and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully
- Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's
- Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their
- Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).
The Council of the Great City Schools' Parent Roadmaps in English language
arts/literacy provides guidance to parents about what their children will
be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8.
This Parent Toolkit offers
tips and resources to support your child’s progress from Kindergarten
through high school.
Resources for Educators
- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) developed this site, CCSS Forward, in order to provide resources to support state education agencies, districts, and educators during the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
- Core Ready Schools (CRS) is an open-source web-based self-assessment, planning and progress-monitoring tool for schools and school systems. CRS is designed to support school leadership teams, school-based instructional staff, and system leaders in diagnosing, prioritizing and improving efforts to implement an instructional vision grounded in college and career-ready standards for all students. CRS is part of a broader, multi-year effort led by the Aspen Institute’s Education & Society Program to develop a set of indicators for school-level success in implementing the Common Core State Standards. The indicators, and initial set of field resources identified to support schools in achieving these indicators, are captured in a Common Core State Standards: A Transition Guide for School Level Leaders.
- Literacy for Science: Exploring the Intersection of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for English Language Arts Standards
summarizes presentations and discussions that occurred during a two-day workshop hosted by the Board on Science Education. Experts in science and language arts education met to discuss the opportunities and challenges that exist when teachers work to integrate these subject areas.
- The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose
provides a clear, concise summary of the rationale for the standards, the development process, and the research basis supporting the standards.
- The Vermont Professional Learning
Network (PLN) provides a variety of professional learning opportunities
for Vermont educators to support the implementation of the Common
- The Achieve the Core website is
full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement
the Common Core State Standards.
- There are currently 60 EQuIP exemplary lessons and units freely available to educators through the EQuIP initiative. Teachers can access Common Core-aligned lessons and units in both mathematics and English Language Arts for all grade bands. The EQuIP Peer Review Panel, consisting of educators from across the country, met four times throughout the year, including the convening of the newest Peer Review Panel cohort in November 2014. Click on the EQuIP Exemplars tab towards the bottom of the page to access materials.
- In partnership with the Teaching Channel, Achieve released the first four of a series of videos on how teachers can use the EQuIP rubrics and feedback processes in schools. Four EQuIP videos are currently available for viewing: an overview video, a video focused on the math rubric, a video focused on the ELA rubric, and a video about the EQuIP Student Work Protocol.
CCSS Instructional Practice Guides: These tools provide specific
guidance for what the CCSS for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics look like in
daily planning and practice. They are designed as developmental tools for
teachers and those who support teachers.
Quality Review Rubric: A tool to evaluate the alignment of lessons,
units and modules to the CCSS.
Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool (IMET): Use this tool to inform
decisions about purchasing, evaluate previously purchased materials to
identify necessary modifications, and build understanding of CCSS-aligned
- Would you like to know what is happening nationally with the
implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)? The Business
Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched this website, TheCommonCore.com, to provide that
information and show their support of CCSS.
- Using History to Invigorate
Common-Core Lessons Sam Wineburg Dec 10, 2013 Wineburg presents a
strong argument for the value of integrating history and Common Core
English Language Arts in this Ed Week article.
- Building Your District’s Common Core
Curriculum Plan: Lessons from the Field—San José
Districts implementing the Common Core State Standards must rethink their
approach to instructional scope, sequence, and pacing. In this free WestEd
webinar, you will learn about a curriculum mapping and planning process you
can use to support your district’s transition to the Common Core.
- The National Education Association released 5 Facts: Making Common Sense of the Common Core. Senior writer and editor, Cindy Long, gives a brief rundown of important reasons to support these standards.
Pat Fitzsimmons, Common Core/Math & Science Partnership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 479-1425
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