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Common Core

The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations designed to ensure all students achieve college and career readiness.

Over forty states have now adopted these shared standards so their students can compete and succeed on a world stage.

“The Common Core State Standards provide 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 are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

—Common Core State Standards Initiative


Common Core Resources:

Achieve the Core - Tools, lesson plans, and background information on the Common Core.

EduCore - ASCD's source of resources and professional development for implementing the Common Core.

Teaching Channel - Search for lesson ideas and videos of teachers giving lessons.

Defining the Core - Broward County's support site for Common Core includes resources, curriculum maps, and professional development.

EngageNY - Created by the New York State Education Department, this site has Common Core aligned resources, instructional content, videos, and more.

Lexile Analyzer - A tool that allows you to enter or paste text to get a lexile score.

Lexile Book Finder - A tool that finds books at a particular lexile.

CTAP CCSS Modules -  A site is designed to assist educators with the task of preparing teachers and students to excel in the Common Core environment, while developing the necessary technology integration skills for mastery of content and performing well on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Literacy Design Collaborative - Funded by the Gates Foundation, this collaborative website brings teachers, curriculum experts, and other educators together to create high-quality lessons and tools incorporating the Common Core ELA standards.

America Achieves - Teacher-created lesson plans grounded in the Common Core (requires creating an account).

Better Lesson - Provides free access to lesson plans, materials, and instructional resources created by teachers (requires creating an account).

Share My Lesson - Developed by teachers for teachers, this site offers a free platform that gives access to teaching resources and tools and provides an online community for teacher collaboration.

K-5 Math Teaching Resources - An extensive collection of free resources, math games, and hands-on math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.