Overview of the IDEA Partnership's collaborative work on Common Core State Standards and Assessments
The work presented here and on additional pages reflect the collaborative work of national organizations representing the roles of decisionmakers, practitioners, administrators and families. Read more about the Common Core Standards Collection.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The Common Core State Standards initiative is led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO and the National Governors” Association (NGA). These organizations, representing leading decision makers in education, believe that we need a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.
The standards were developed by committees of stakeholders in 2009 with over 10,000 public comments received. The final standards were released on June 10, 2010. Many states have adopted the standards and are beginning to implement them. For the most recent map of state adoption go to Common Core State Standards-Maps . CCSSO and NGA maintain a publicly available site with the most recent information on the Common Core, visit Common Core State Standards.
New standards will require new large scale assessments. Four consortia were funded in 2010 to develop the new assessments. Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are focused on the general assessment, while Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System Consortium and the National Center and State Collaborative Partnership (NCSC) are focused on the alternate assessment. A fifth consortium has been funded to develop assessments for English language learners( ELL). World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (Assets) will develop the ELL assessments.
To think about the Common Core Standards from stakeholder perspectives at all knowledge levels, to look at things differently, and to speak to practical application by taking the ideas and making them tangible to those in the field.