Executive Summary

Implementation Challenges and Solutions

At this time, a significant majority of states that adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have an implementation plan in place, although they vary in scope and focus. These plans are important because implementing new standards is particularly challenging and requires systemic changes that must be thoughtfully planned and executed. Additionally, the implementation of the CCSS comes at a time when other large education reforms are being implemented, most notably educator evaluation systems and new state accountability models. The convergence of several large-scale reforms puts enormous pressure on states to thoughtfully plan, organize, monitor, and properly resource implementation.

 

There have been efforts by some national organizations to assess the readiness of states to fully implement the CCSS and the corresponding assessments. Those efforts have revealed that progress toward implementation is uneven in states. Many issues have impeded CCSS implementation, primarily lack of resources and a recognition that implementing the CCSS will require additional, new resources and the redistribution of resources.In addition to efforts to assess readiness for implementation, many toolkits and implementation guides have been created to help states lead thoughtful implementation of the CCSS.

Delaware Teachers on the Common Core

In June 2013, district and state Teachers of the Year from Delaware were surveyed for their perspectives on their status of implementing of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These resources include their perspectives and recommendations to various stakeholders:

 

For access to other implementation guides, see:

For access to reports on state implementation, see:

 

The Federal Government and Teacher Evaluation

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