Common Core State Standards are a clear set of shared goals and expectations for the knowledge and skills that will help our students succeed in college and the workforce. Developed in part by teachers, the standards help educators develop and implement effective strategies for students by providing benchmarks for skills and knowledge and students should have by the end of each grade level.
While teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and modify instruction to the individual needs of their students, Common Core provides a meaningful opportunity to revisit instructional practice to support growth for all students. Common Core guides educators toward curricula and strategies that will provide students with a deep understanding of subjects and the skills needed to apply knowledge effectively.
Common Core State Standards are a set of common, evidence-based, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English/language arts. Common Core is designed to ensure that your students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for learning progression through each grade level. Build your understanding of the standards themselves and the knowledge and skills your students ought to demonstrate for the grades you teach at the official Common Core website.
Common Core reflects key advances in mathematics and English/language arts standards that are tied to the goal of ensuring all students graduate with the knowledge and skills that are most valued by employers and higher education. OSSE’s DC PARCC Educator Leader Cadre is examining how the new standards will shift instruction in mathematics and English/language arts. The Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have teamed up to create a Common Core Implementation Video Series that illustrates how the standards will change and improve teaching, create shared expectations and cultivate lifelong learning for students.
To measure Common Core, DC has joined with other states to develop assessments that align with the goals of promoting college and career readiness for every student. The assessments built by this consortium of states, known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), will begin to be used in DC starting in Fall 2014. The DC CAS Operational Blueprint shows the standards and strands that are tested on the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) and what is reported for Common Core. To prepare for implementation of PARCC, OSSE partners with dedicated DC educators to create and share information through the DC PARCC Educator Leader Cadre. Preview the future of assessment by checking out the PARCC Overview and refine your understanding of implementation by checking out the latest update to the PARCC Major Milestones Timeline.
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Common Core provides a clear understanding of the knowledge and skills your students should have so that you can build the best curriculum and learning environment for your classes. Teaching Channel has developed a Video Showcase of Common Core Resources for Teachers to explain and show the opportunities that Common Core can afford your teaching practice. Also, DC has created on online, standards-based lesson plan generator tool to help you to create, analyze, organize and share unique lessons. Find a framework to guide your planning in the PARCC Model Content Frameworks. Check out the Teacher and Leader Support page for more.
A critical component of Common Core for teachers is staying informed about new resources and strategies to support implementation. Check this site often to see what’s new. Explore the range of curriculum information and professional development tools available from the Common Core Classroom Project and enhance your understanding of the standards and related education research by visiting the Achieve the Core website. Collaborate regularly with other educators in your school and in other places through websites such as the Common Core Tools Blog, a math-focused space for teacher engagement. As you find useful resources from education organizations and teachers across the nation, be sure to tell us about them on the Contact page.