ELA Common Core State Standards: External Links
We encourage you to start by reading the documentation on the CCSS website for you to have first-hand knowledge of the background and specific components of the Common Core State Standards
Common Core Standards
Common Core State Standards. Main website, www.corestandards.org, Frequently Asked Questions, www.corestandards.org/frequently-asked-questions, and English Language Arts Standards, www.corestandards.org/the-standards/english-language-arts-standards.
PARCC: Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. For more information, visit www.parcconline.org.
As part of a project for the PARCC consortium, the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh, was asked to develop English language arts classroom task sets for Grades 3, 6 and 10 that are aligned to the new CCSS and that will prepare students for the new PARCC assessments. We would like you to visit these websites to learn about these classroom task sets. Then, please take a survey about the usefulness of this classroom task set. Your feedback will be used to improve future versions. Classroom Task Set and Surveys: http://ifl-dev.lrdc.pitt.edu/parcc/task_sets.html
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. For more information, visit www.k12.wa.us/smarter.
Center for K-12 Assessment and Performance Management at ETS (www.k12center.org).
Achieve the Core (Student Achievement Partners)
Education Week (Catherine Gewertz)
This website is associated with the Feb. 8, 2011 webinar on Looking “Within” the Lexile for More Guidance: Word Frequency & Sentence Length by Elfrieda H. Heibert. The website also includes handouts/presentation information from a 2011 IRA Conference session Common Core State Standards. For more information, please visit www.textproject.org.
Shanahan On Literacy Website
http://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/search/label/common%20core%20state%20standards This website includes additional information for the November, 2011 IRA Common Core Series webinar.
Lexile Framework for Reading and Text Complexity
Common Core Watch (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
How College Readiness Narrows Achievement Gaps in College Success www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/MindTheGapsSummary.pdf
CCSSO and Hunt Institute Video Vignettes
The Common Core State Standards, the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers commissioned a series of video vignettes to explain the Standards. www.ccsso.org/Resources/Digital_Resources/Common_Core_Implementation_Video_Series.html
Information for Parents: National PTA Grade by Grade Guides for Parents on the Common Core Standards