New guidance helps school leaders implement Common Core standards

A new series of action briefs from the nonprofit, nonpartisan group Achieve Inc. is intended to help elementary school principals, secondary school principals, and school counselors implement the Common Core State Standards.

“The action briefs [give] school leaders a deeper understanding of the [Common Core State Standards] and spell out the leaders’ critical role in implementation. Based on feedback from school leaders who expressed a need for more guidance, the action briefs outline strategies and techniques that can be used … by school leaders to prepare their schools, teachers, and students for the standards and upcoming new assessments,” said Achieve’s director of content and instructional supports, Doug Sovde.

Achieve developed the guidance in partnership with College Summit, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, with support from the MetLife Foundation.

All are available at no charge in the “Publications”  section at

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