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Common Core Standards and Resources


The goal of the Common Core State Standards is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. 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.

They were developed in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, as well as the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Here are the pedagogical shifts as they apply to the Common Core Standards:

For ELA/Literacy:

Building knowledge through a balance between content-rich nonfiction and fiction
Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational
Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

For Mathematics:

Focus strongly where the Standards focus
Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application

Full implementation is scheduled for 2014-2015 school year.


These resources can assist you as Delaware begins the transition toward implementation of the Common Core Resources for Educators:

NEA Common Tool Toolkit– A document created by NEA’s Common Core Work Group that explains the Common Core standards and provides resources to help teachers will implementation.

Student Achievement Partners - This site provides free, high-quality resources to educators. Tools for professional development include Common Core Shifts, a two-page summary; “Where to Focus” in math by grade; Guide to creating text-dependent questions; and professional development modules.

Toolkit for Evaluating the Alignment of Instructional and Assessment Materials to the Common Core State Standards -  The Toolkit is a set of interrelated, freely available instruments for evaluating alignment to the CCSS; each tool in the Toolkit supports the expectations in the CCSS and derives from the Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards. 

Common Core Help for High School Mathematics teachers - from - The videos embedded on this page talk to high school Math and English teachers about the differences in standards then and now.

Common Core Practice for Mathematics, all grades – This link takes you to the Common Core Standards website and a page devoted to mathematical practice for all grades. 

Common Core: Comparing "Then" and "Now" in ELA and Mathematics - This document describes both math and ELA - on one page.

Common Core Resources for Parents

Parent Roadmaps to Common Core Standards - The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8. 

National PTA – This site provides materials and videos geared to help parents understand the Common Core Standards.

Spotlight on the Common Core Standards - What do Parents Need to Know?Spotlight on the Common Core Standards - What do Parents Need to Know? - A series published by Education Northwest to keep parents informed about the Common Core initiative.