Common Core in the Districts: An Early Look at Early Implementers
How is implementation of the Common Core State Standards going? This report, by Education First and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, explores four early implementer school districts to examine how educators are putting higher standards into practice. The study looked at district, school, and classroom levels of implementation and discovered several key findings. Based on the in-depth study of the four school districts, the authors make implementation recommendations that include the following: allow teachers to have a hand in developing materials they’ll use in the classrooms; beware of recycling old materials when they don’t share fundamental precepts of the Common Core; and take a serious look at the quality of implementation efforts.