How to sustain Common Core efforts


  • Make sure educators deeply understand the standards and the key instructional shifts they require.
  • Vet instructional resources for quality and alignment with the standards.
  • Transform principals into instructional leaders.
  • Listen to educators about their professional learning needs.
  • Maximize opportunities for collaboration and capacity building through professional learning.
  • Engage higher-education partners.
  • Understand and plan for the coming common assessments.
  • Adopt technology with the priority being to meet teaching and learning needs—but make sure it also will work with the new assessments.
  • Align initiatives into comprehensive reforms.

More information about how to undertake each of these steps is available in the report.

“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.”

The 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.

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