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Common Core State Standards

Washington is among the 46 states to have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Standards themselves have attracted support from a wide spectrum of the mathematics and mathematics education communities. Clearly the impact of the Standards, while based on their quality, resides more directly in their implementation and in the assessments designed to support them. Washington is working closely with Smarter Balanced Assessments, one of the two large federally funded consortia that are designing CCSS assessments. Information about the CCSS can be found at http://www.corestandards.org, and about the assessment progress at http://www.smarterbalanced.org. A lot of discussion is happening in and out of the state, and we will be attaching as much as seems to clarify the issues.

- 8 Problems With the Common Core State Standards? I Don't Think So - A response to the article linked below.
- Common-Core Writers Issue Math 'Publishers' Criteria' - A look at the guidelines for publishers set forth by the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics.
- U.S. vs. the World in Education Reform
- Educators, Parents Hold Mixed Views on Testing
- For many teachers, mathematics is a frightening subject. They are right to be afraid: most math standards are incoherent and virtually all textbooks contain many errors. Worse, teacher education in mathematics, both pre- and in-service, tends to be light on mathematics content that is relevant to the K-12 classroom. Solving these problems will take enormous effort, but the Common Core State Mathematics Standards are an important first step. Unlike most other standards, these have the potential to logically and coherently build students' knowledge of mathematics. Bringing these standards to life in classrooms will require a new partnership between mathematicians and educators so that correct mathematics and effective pedagogy can be written into brand new (not revised!) teacher education programs and student textbooks. Read the full article - Bringing the Common Core State Mathematics Standards to Life
- APEC members differ in the degree of centralization of mathematics standards and other educational standards. View a Summary Table Comparing Math Standards from APEC Members as of 2007
- March 2012: "Three years from now is when the assessments designed for the standards are supposed to be fully operational." Read the full article - Preparedness For Common Standards: A Work in Progress
- Guest post in Math Matters blog written by our very own Ginger Warfield - Believe It Or Not