Achieve works alongside states to raise graduation requirements and overall academic standards and was integral in the development of the Common Core State Standards. The following resources can be used to educate and inform your United Way, an OST coalition, families in your local community, and business leaders about the truth behind Common Core.
Common Core State Standards –
Change the Equation.
This two-page brief explains the key aspects of the Common Core State Standards and the implications of the standards for the community.
Common Core State Standards Website –
Common Core State Standards Initiative.
This site explains the standards and gives a background on how and why they were created. Additionally, it shares resources for parents to better understand what the standards include and what impact they will have on children.
GAIC Afterschool Quality Standards –
Georgia Afterschool Investment Council, 2011.
This report explores how the Georgia Afterschool Investment Council aligned their Afterschool Quality Standards with the Common Core State Standards.
Getting a Head Start on the Common Core –
Partnership for Children & Youth, 2013.
How education leaders can use summer programs to stop summer learning loss, and build student and staff capacity to succeed in the new Common Core environment.
Lesson Plans Hub –
These Common Core-aligned lesson plans are designed to help teachers and educational professionals adapt quickly to The Common Core State Standards. These three lesson plan templates, educators can create and fill out a lesson plan with a professional design for their math, science and language arts courses, and download them in PDF or MS Word format with a single click.
Linking Common Core and Expanding Learning –
Partnership for Children and Youth, 2013.
This report describes ways in which and provides examples of how expanded learning programs can integrate programmatic elements to better align with Common Core standards.
Redesigning and Expanding School Time to Support Common Core Implementation –
Center for American Progress and the National Center on Time & Learning, January 2014.
This report covers the importance of continual professional development and collaboration, the necessity of providing students with ample time to meet math and English language arts requirements, and suggestions to improve the effectiveness of Common Core, including how to develop effective extended learning programs.
Tennessee Dept. of Education.
TCAP has been the state's testing program since 1988, and it includes TNReady, the state's assessments in math, English language arts, social studies, and science. The assessments now include rigorous questions that measure students' writing, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.