Paying the Costs of Implementation

Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will require resources, some new, some reallocated. Given the fiscal situation in most states, paying the costs of implementation will require new approaches, such as sharing resources among LEAs, collaborating with other states to develop and use instructional resources, and focusing professional development funds on CCSS for the short term. One the advantages of a large number of states all using the same standards is that instructional resources developed in one state can be used in others.

In addition, the CCSS represents an opportunity for states to work together to identify and purchase curricular materials. For example, Tennessee and Hawaii have both conducted reviews of curricular materials for alignment to the CCSS that may be shared with other states. States could also enter into multi-state projects such as the master price list for devices that Hawaii, Maine, and Vermont are working together to negotiate.

State boards of education should consider these approaches when making decisions about the resources required to adequately and efficiently implement the CCSS.

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