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Press Release: ASCD Releases Report on Common Core State Standards Implementation

Alexandria, VA (11/01/2012)—ASCD has 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. This free report can be found on the EduCore™ site, ASCD’s free repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards.

The recommendations included in Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards are derived from data gathered from field work, surveys, and educator summits. While focusing on tactics and strategies educators across the nation can use to implement the new standards, this report delves deeper into the needs, input, and activities of educators in four states diverse in location and education practice—Arkansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and Utah.

Based on the data gathered, ASCD has made a number of key recommendations to education leaders that will help them successfully implement the Common Core State Standards in their school systems. Among the recommendations are to

Transform principals into instructional leaders;
Listen to educators about their professional learning needs;
Adopt technology for teaching and learning;
Align initiatives into comprehensive reforms;
Make sure educators deeply understand the standards and the key instructional shifts they require; and
Vet instructional resources for quality and alignment with the standards.

“We asked educators to tell us what steps need to occur to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards, and they told us,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Gene R. Carter. “This report offers education leaders at all levels key recommendations for successfully implementing the new standards. ASCD will continue to work hard to provide educators the highest-quality programs, products, and services to support these recommendations in the future.”

This report is one of the projects funded through a three-year, $3 million dollar grant awarded to ASCD last year by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support implementation of the Common Core standards.

To obtain a full copy of this report and to access the many resources from ASCD aiding educators in implementing the Common Core State Standards, visit For more information about ASCD or ASCD membership, please visit

Contact Information
Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.
Marissa Bialecki, communications coordinator, 1-703-575-5461 or by e-mail.

ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 143 countries—the ASCD community also includes 55 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit’s diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit

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