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New research may lead to a better understanding of the CCSS
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012 15:28 PM

Across the country, school officials, students and parents are becoming more familiar with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). However, Jeffrey Chopin, associate professor in teaching and curriculum at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education, believes there is little understanding about how teachers use curriculum resources to help students learn under more rigorous standards.

Fortunately, Chopin, scholars and co-principal investigators will set out to find the answers they seek, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation. Ultimately, the project, which is titled "Developing Principals for Mathematics Curriculum Design and Use in the Common Core Era," is designed to improve middle school math instruction.

"We hope that our findings will be able to inform the design of teacher resources for curriculum materials and curriculum-related professional development now and in the future," Chopin said.

Through the use of the four-year, $2.2 million grant, Chopin will be able to publish principles that curriculum developers can follow to create more useful teacher resources in the age of the Common Core. A total of 72 sixth- to eighth-grade educators, as well as their instructional leaders, will participate in the study.