Here are a few files that might be helpful to you in providing additional context for anyone with questions about the Common Core State Standards:
- CCSSFacts (also Alliance for Excellent Education)
- Alberti CCSS Slides (from Sandra Alberti at Student Achievement Partners–see Achieve the Core for more resources)
- TheCommonCore.com is a new advocacy tool presented by the Higher State Standards Partnership and supported by the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the hundreds of individual businesses and local chambers that comprise their memberships
- The Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers created a Common Core Implementation Video Series, featuring the authors of the standards discussing how they were developed and how they will help students
- Web page for upcoming and archived webinars about a wide variety of aspects of Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessment system, hosted and organized by OSPI’s Teaching and Learning team
- New “Teacher Voices” section of the Washington Common Core web site (you’ll see Sean Agriss from Eastern in the group—he was the higher education representative we were able to recruit for the effort); and they have a YouTube channel
- Here are links to a couple of reflection pieces from Jason Zimba about misconceptions of the CCSS —there might be some pieces in this reflection that address some of the myths and half-truths.
- A more formal site addressing similar issues: Common Core State Standards Myths and Facts
- Wisconsin Website on Common Core for Higher Education: a very useful website of material and resources about Common Core for a higher education audience.
and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium:
- Smarter Balanced Consortium home page (with a specific page for resources for higher education)
- Smarter Balanced Executive Director Update/Overview (February 2014)
- Follow Smarter Balanced on Twitter—Follow @SmarterBalanced for resources and links to the latest news about the Consortium
- A Primer on Common Core–Aligned Assessments—Education First developed a briefing for state policymakers and advocates about Common Core–aligned assessment systems, including Smarter Balanced.
- SB Fiction vs Fact
- Higher Education FAQ_11 21 13 (for Smarter Balanced assessment