A new $4.9 million project will examine how stakeholders from the government and other sectors are responding to the Common Core State Standards, and how those responses are impacting classroom instruction and social disparities in academic achievement in school districts across the nation.

Funding for the first phase of the five-year Common Core analysis was awarded researchers from the University of Michigan, Brown University and Stanford University from the Spencer Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Among the data that will be used in the study is a collection of video records of classroom teaching from roughly 240 teachers in six urban school districts that participated in the Measures of Effective Teaching project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The study also will draw on a database archived at Stanford University that allows researchers to track student achievement trends in all 50 states longitudinally.

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