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Common Core State Standards Toolkit


The goal of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to help all students become college- and career-ready by the time they leave high school. It represents a change in the way teachers teach and how students show what they have learned. Teachers in all subject areas use their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language.

These standards are meant to align instruction across the country and even internationally. They raise expectations for students, rely on strong content knowledge from teachers, and will require a shift in how and when some content is taught. Transition to these new standards will no doubt require hard work. Hopefully, use of this toolkit of resources will help you and your team meet the challenges presented by the new standards, and—in the process—elevate learning for today’s young learners.

Downloadable Resources

Title Description File
Overview of Common Core State Standards


The Common Core Standards were designed with great care—by states, for states—as  a result of an unprecedented collaboration between governors and state education chiefs. This article provides an overview of what the standards are and why they matter.

Overview of Common Core State Standards .docx
Common Core Overview


The Common Core State Standards were forged as a promise for consistent, shared and rigorous education standards for all students. This customizable presentation allows you to provide an overview to those new to the Common Core standards.

Common Core Overview .pptx
Myths About Common Core Standards


Grounded in research and evidence, the new Common Core State Standards specify K–12 expectations for college and career readiness to assure all high school graduates are ready to succeed in their careers and lives. These new standards not only come with expectation, but with some confusion. This article helps you to separate the fact from the fiction.

Myths About Common Core Standards .docx
Common Core Myths


With the sweeping changes brought about by the new Common Core standards comes sweeping confusion. The following customizable presentation will help to dispel the many myths associated with the Common Core State Standards and give you just what you need: the facts.

Common Core Myths.pptx
Blended Learning and the Common Core


By elegantly blending assessment with daily classroom instruction, technology-based learning platforms can serve as the cornerstone of revolutionary change. They have the potential to personalize the learning process; support teachers in enacting best teaching strategies; and help students meet ambitious and rigorous standards.  


Blended Learning and the Common Core .docx
Common Core Language Arts Overview


Compared to previous state language arts standards that were quite wordy, the Common Core focuses more succinctly on what is most essential but not on all that can be taught. Instead, start focusing on the wording of the Standard itself and how you might allow the students to reach those language arts' goals and potentially go beyond them. 

Common Core Language Arts Overview .docx
Common Core Math Overview


The math Standards are broken down into two separate practices; those dedicated to creating students that are avid and participatory practitioners of math, and then those content standards used to guide the teacher in developing student fluency in procedural and content understanding. Where these two different styles of standards intersect is in the goal to improve the overall achievement in math instruction. 

Common Core Math Overview .docx
Math Curriculum Overview Chart


This Common Core curriculum map shows a year-long math curriculum overview, raning from preschool to fifth grade.


Math Curriculum Overview Chart.pdf
Common Core and Differentiated Instruction


Personalized learning emphasizes a shift from a single teacher delivering knowledge to his classroom of students to teachers as facilitators of learning.Through further differentiation of the teacher’s role while still adhering to the Common Core standards, student-teacher ratios and instructional relationships can be varied to meet the diversity of student needs. 

Common Core and Differentiated Instruction.docx
Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities

Common Core standards provide a greater opportunity for states to share experiences and best practices within and across states that can lead to an improved ability to best serve English language learners and young people with disabilities. 

Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities .docx
The Common Core Approach to Lesson Structure I


The Common Core standards push higher text complexity and higher level Lexile texts. The key to success is in finding texts that are irresistible. Here are the critical first steps in finding texts that will have students redirecting their focus to the text and task at hand rather than on the teacher’s direction.  

The Common Core Approach to Lesson Structure I .docx
The Common Core Approach to Lesson Structure II


The Common Core State Standards push for more authentic learning assessments and projects where students have the opportunity to show their knowledge with real world relevancy. Learn how to take the lesson further with cross-curricular planning and project-based learning.

The Common Core Approach to Lesson Structure II .docx
The Common Core Approach to Assessment


The Common Core Standards are a paradigm shift in how students can learn: giving them the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in the 21st century. While devices are important, the value comes from the content and experiences that devices allow students to access.

The Common Core Approach to Assessment .docx
Preparing for Online Assessments


The new Common Core assessments  will mark a fundamental change from paper-and-pencil tests, while ushering in a wave of infrastructural, administration, and technology challenges. The new digital tests—designed to measure Common Core Standards—will also bring with them considerably different questions, required student responses, and overall heightened expectations. Here's how to prepare for the future of standardized testing.

Preparing for Online Assessments .docx
Mitigating Bandwidth Limitations for Online Assessments

What are the driving factors when planning for the online assessments in a way that considers the entire technological ecosystem? Guaranteed uptime, reliability, and efficiency. Yet one challenge stands as the single most probable point of failure: Bandwidth and Related Network Reliability.

Mitigating Bandwidth Limitations - BMoore Analyst Report v2.pdf


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