ASCD released a new report titled “Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability” illuminating activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the nation.
Global interconnectedness and competitiveness define today’s environment, and this new age has challenged the economic vitality of the United States to a degree unseen since the industrial age. K–12 education drives the preparedness of the future workforce, and a common set of high, internationally benchmarked college- and career-readiness standards makes more sense than ever before.
First launched in April 2009, the Common Core State Standards Initiative was conceived to identify and develop college- and career-readiness standards that address what students are expected to know and be able to do when they have graduated from high school.
The initiative introduced the final version of the standards in June 2010, and by September 2012, 46 states, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. territories had adopted the Common Core State Standards. States also organized themselves to design and develop next-generation assessments to measure student learning aligned with the Common Core standards, with the target of the assessments being administered by the 2014–15 school year.
As ASCD continues to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the focus of the organization’s professional development and resources has evolved from raising awareness and understanding of the Common Core standards to implementation and sustainability of them—through its digital professional development solutions, partnerships with state education agencies and ASCD affiliates to develop and provide technical assistance resources, and advocacy with policymakers.
The 2012–13 school year is a pivotal time for implementing the Common Core StateStandards, as a critical mass of teachers begin to integrate the standards in their classrooms. This provides an unprecedented opportunity for professional learning and collaboration, because the initiative is new to everyone.
The districts and schools that engage in professional learning in the 2012–13 school year will be best positioned to identify the professional development needs of their educators moving forward and will have time to provide more training before the new assessments are available in the 2014–15 school year.
As educators across the nation navigate toward full and efficacious implementation of the Common Core State Standards, the initiative gets closer to fulfilling its promise of every child across this nation graduating from high school college, career, and citizenship ready.