Selected Resources on the Common Core State Standards


Achieve – Achieving the Common Core
This page provides links to a series of materials that focus on the organization, content and evidence base used to support the standards, including concise fact sheets that describe the content areas and address frequently asked questions. www.achieve.org/achieving-common-core

Alliance for Excellent Education – State Reference Cards
The Alliance has compiled statistical snapshots of high schools in each state, including data on graduation rates, college readiness, academic achievement and teachers' salaries, as well as fact sheets that show the economic impact of the current dropout crisis. www.all4ed.org/about_the_crisis/schools/map

Common Core State Standards Initiative
The website of the initiative includes full versions of the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards, as well as related materials such as how CCSS affects English language learners and students with disabilities. www.corestandards.org

Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association – Communications Toolkit
This toolkit gives state education agency staff common messages on the standards and vehicles for communicating those messages effectively. It includes Q&A, refutation of myths, and sample materials like op-eds and other resources. An updated version, which focuses on implementation rather than adoption, will be available later this year. programs.ccsso.org/link/CCSSO_Standards_Toolkit.pdf

Council of Chief State School Officers – Common Core State Standards: Implementation Tools and Resources
CCSSO developed this list of tools and resources to point states to promising practices and tools to support Common Core State Standards implementation. It focuses on resources developed by CCSSO and the lead writers of the standards and includes print materials, webinars, and links to other guidance.  www.ccsso.org/Resources/Publications/Common_Core_State_Standards_Implementation_Tools_and_Resources.html

National PTA – Parents' Guide to Student Success
The National PTA has created grade-by-grade guides, which are available here: www.pta.org/common_core_state_standards.asp. There is a separate guide for each grade K-8, and two guides 9-12 (one for English language arts and one for mathematics).