Coming Together to Raise Achievement: New Assessments for the Common Core State Standards
This guide focuses on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), which formally began in June 2009 as a collaborative effort among nearly all U.S. states and territories. Forty-five states subsequently adopted the CCSS in mathematics and English language arts (ELA) and joined one of two consortia of states to develop and implement common assessments. The guide poses and addresses the following questions about the CCSS and other new assessments to measure student achievement: Why are so many states transitioning to shared standards and assessments? What do they hope to gain? And how much flexibility will they retain to customize these shared standards and assessments for their constituencies?