A: Align To An Objective (Standard)

Common Core State Standards 2014


The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Forty-five courageous states are currently driving the most historic change in education, truly a renaissance moment, by adopting the Common Core Curriculum State Standards (CCSS). These provide clear and descriptive definitions of the focus, coherence and rigor of content necessary to help all students become College and Career Ready (CCR). Most importantly, these standards unleash the potential of unparalleled teacher creativity and flexibility, encouraging them to explore various strategies and methodologies in helping their students achieve these challenging standards.

Click to See the CCSS standards:

Download their training power point

It is expected that Common Core implementation plans will need to address the following items:

  1. Develop research-based practices using Common Core
  2. Develop teacher training and Professional Development
  3. Research and Align instructional material
  4. Investigate formative and summative assessments to be used before or instead of rollout of common assessments.


Until school districts develop Professional Development, this website seeks to help administrators guide their teachers in transitioning toward these ambitious goals.

Regardless of the availability of staff development, strong school districts should be unyielding in demanding not only a coherent, high-quality curriculum but, at the same time, promote teacher flexibility in implementing a clearly designed objective.

Common Core Implementation Resources

The resources below provide further guidance around the Common Core State Standards and their integration into teaching and learning systems.

 EDUTOPIA: Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

An extremely well organized,  “one-stop-shopping" resource for understanding CCSS. Appropriately billed as An “educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed”.  Includes many of the resources below, and others. http://www.edutopia.org/common-core-state-standards-resources



American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Common Core Crosswalk


American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Lesson Plan Database



Houghton Mifflin


McGraw Hill




Partnership for 21st Century Skills Maps





Published Materials:

Many publishers are rapidly producing powerful materials to assist teachers in understanding and implementing standards. Below are just a few.

1. The Common Core Curriculum Maps for both MATH and LANGUAGE ARTS: K-8: This seriesprovides educators with high-quality, low-cost curriculum tools based on the Common Core State Standards. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates; “shovel ready” units, created by teachers, for teachers ready to use: Language Arts: different books: K-5, 6-8, 9-Available digitally with Jossey Bass and Amazona.http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118108221.html

a. http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118108221.html

 b.Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Common-Core-State-Standards-Foundation/dp/1460907019  This site includes many other common core books currently in print.


2. “Free” and “Fee” Resources:


LINK TO COMMON CORE STANDARDS HELP: This link provides free samples of sequential thematic units, which integrate CCSS standards, reflect the increased demand for informational texts and pieces of literature of ascending level of difficulty. Teachers-creating-for-teachers developed “rigorous and relevant” units that will not only uncover the standards but also introduce innovative instructional strategies to meet those standards.

A 20-dollar fee will buy membership and wider access to CCSS standards-driven units and libraries.


 3. The Common Core Lesson Book K-5 : Newly released “shovel ready” materials to help K-5 teachers work with increasingly complex literature, informational text and foundational skills.

a. Heinemann Press: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E04293.aspx


  4. DOUGLAS B. REEVES: Leadership and Learning Center: This is a powerful resource center for all your Common Core State Standards needs: This site provides seminars, free webinars, free downloads, etc. By June 30, 2012, they will integrate all their materials toward Common Core Standards. A sample video:


  a.Getting Ready for the Common Core State Standards Handbook Series: Definitive work on how to implement CCSS. Much of the research for this website comes from The Leadership and Learning Center materials.


5. LUCY CALKINS AND THE READING AND WRITING PROJECT: This website provides extensive support materials, include free resources, video clips, etc. Her outstanding book,

New Pathways to the Common Core
(Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman) provides “concrete methods to raise the level of instruction and accelerate the achievement of all students”.




The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes both summative and interim assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. FREE WEBINARS AND OTHER RESOUCES RELATED TO ASSESSMENT.