Teaching to the Core

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CCSSO and the Aspen Institute released a set of recommendations for forging coherence across common core and educator effectiveness. Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies, suggests ten actions for state leaders to strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations.


Common Core and teacher effectiveness policies each are ambitious reforms on their own; together, they have transformational potential to significantly improve student outcomes and equity for all students. Creating a unified improvement agenda from these two initiatives to improve classroom practice demands intensive collaboration across teams and offices in the state education agency (SEA), sophisticated change management, and a focus on continuous improvement. Because these next several years are pivotal for re-orienting the culture of public education toward higher expectations for students and adults, Teaching to the Core offers practical suggestions to state leaders on how to ensure that teachers are using strategies that engage students in learning at high levels.


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