Common Core Standards in 2014: Curriculum and Professional Development at the District Level
This report is part of a three-part series, Common Core State Standards in 2014, conducted and published by the Center on Education Policy. The series provides an in-depth look at Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. The data reported from the series comes from a survey of a nationally representative sample of school districts located in Common Core-adopting states that are also members of the PARCC or Smarter Balanced testing consortium. This report “discusses districts’ efforts to develop and put in place CCSS-aligned curricular materials and to provide professional development to teachers and principals to prepare them for the standards” (p. 2). In particular, it examines “anticipated timelines for implementing CCSS-aligned curricula in all schools, sources of CCSS-aligned curricula, the estimated percentages of teachers and principals who have participated in CCSS-related professional development, anticipated timelines for when all teachers and principals will be prepared for the CCSS, and providers and topics of CCSS-related professional development” (from the abstract). Additional findings from the survey are found in the Center on Education Policy’s two related reports: districts’ perceptions, progress, and challenges; and district implementation of consortia-developed assessments.