Implementation of the Common Core State Standards refers to the process of actually putting the standards to use in schools and districts. When it adopted the Common Core State Standards, each state set a goal for when it would fully implement the standards. And because states adopted the Common Core State Standards at different times, the timeline for full implementation of the standards varies by state. Regardless of the date set for a full implementation of the Common Core State Standards, keep a few things in mind about the process:
- Starting on the standards: The process of implementing the standards depends on decisions made in each state. Some states may start teaching toward the standards all at once, while others may use a gradual phase-in approach. Having a good grasp on the approach being used in your state helps you better understand how to support the process at home.
- Deciding on new books and materials: Because the Common Core State Standards establish concepts and skills that are potentially different from previous state standards, school districts are likely to use new textbooks and materials as they start teaching to the standards. Getting familiar with these resources will assist you in helping your student tackle the new standards.
- Developing a new assessment: A change in standards usually triggers a change in the assessment used to measure student progress. Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a multi-state consortium that's developing K-12 assessments that measure achievement of Common Core State Standards. Visit www.parcconline.org Another consortium is developing what it calls Smarter Balanced Assessments for more information, visit www.smarterbalanced.org The state of Illinois will be using the PARCC assessment in place of the ISAT assessment. Click here for more information.