1. What is the Common Core State Standards initiative?
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative is a collaborative effort led by the National Governor's Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) with partners and leaders across education and business, aimed at establishing a shared set of clear educational standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics that states can voluntarily adopt.
2. How will states assess the CCSS?
Two consortia have been awarded competitive grant funds by the US Department of Education to develop student assessment systems aligned to the new standards. SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) was awarded a four-year $176 million grant, and Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) was awarded a grant of $170 million. Assessments are expected to be implemented in 2014.
3. What will the CCSS implementation plans need to address?
No governance has been put in place yet so the specifics of implementation are still unfolding as states sign on to the new standards. It is expected that implementation plans will need to address the following items:
4. Are there instruction guidelines for the new CCSS?
No, the standards tell what students need to know and be able to do for College and Career Readiness. They do not tell teachers how to teach. The examples given in the CCSS document are meant to be just that.
5. What do the CCSS mean for Reading?
In Reading/ELA the new standards:
6. What do the CCSS mean for Mathematics?
Key factors for Mathematics include:
7. Given the number of exemplary text examples in the CCSS, has a literary canon been established for use by schools?
No, teachers and schools have the freedom to develop a canonical list that could include the examples, but they are free to draw from any appropriate literature or reading materials. Note that the Common Core examples are drawn primarily from the public domain.
8. What resources are available to help bridge between current standards and the new CCSS?
Most of McGraw-Hill's current programs retain their state standards alignments and have also been correlated to the new common core standards. Contact us for more information about how to implement these programs successfully.
Additional FAQs can be found at http://www.corestandards.org/frequently-asked-questions