Continuous Improvement

State boards of education should consider reviewing the many facets of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation over time to determine whether or not the actions taken to guide implementation of the standards should be made permanent or changed based on data. No system a state creates is perfect, and working in a continuous improvement model means some changes will always be necessary. State boards can play a critical role in setting up a system whereby boards policies related to CCSS are regularly reviewed and changed if data indicate such changes will benefit students and educators. To do this, state boards should ask their respective State Education Agencies (SEAs) to provide updates on CCSS implementation at least every quarter through the second year of the CCSS assessment administrations. Such reports will allow boards to see how well implementation is going across the state and how LEAs are faring with the additional demands of more rigorous standards and other related education reforms. Ideally, state boards of education should take policy actions that help LEAs more efficiently and seamlessly integrate the new CCSS into their schools, that create equitable access to high-quality professional development for educators, and that provide opportunities for students to improve their academic performance.

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