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CCSS-aligned teaching is underway in many states

THURSDAY, AUGUST 08, 2013 09:25 AM

Debate rages on in several of the 45 states that adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) between those who support them and individuals who would prefer the CCSS vanish. What some opponents of the Standards may not realize is that many students are already being exposed to Common Core-aligned instruction.

This is the conclusion researchers from the Center on Education Policy at The George Washington University reached in two new reports. Based on survey responses from state deputy superintendents in 40 states, students in 30 states are currently learning according to the CCSS in some school districts and grade levels.

Of course, the gradual transition to the CCSS increases the importance of professional development opportunities for teachers. All 40 states have provided CCSS training to their educators, with 39 states doing the same for principals.

"It is pretty clear that most state leaders believe the Common Core represents a significant shift toward more rigorous academic standards in math and English language arts and that students will benefit from that increased rigor," said Maria Ferguson, CEP's executive director.