Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

The Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states, are one of the most important reforms to American public education in decades. The standards will improve the quality of education by creating a roadmap for the knowledge and skills students need to know to be successful in the 21st century.

Although no state has implemented the standards perfectly, there are many examples of best practices to help states course correct where needed without compromising the integrity of the Common Core or the benefits it will have for students. Building on these best practices, we recommend that states and districts focus their efforts on nine critical steps required to effectively translate standards into high-quality instruction.

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