Common Core State Standards Info For Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Teachers

Oregon is one of the more than 45 states that has adopted the Common Core State Standards, and they have published some very good information for teachers.  The following is an excerpt from “Common Core State Standards for Teachers” on the Oregon Department of Education website:

The Common Core

Build on what works. Not ‘one more thing’, the CCSS is supported by best practices and programs already in our schools, with a special focus on student engagement. Practices like Proficiency-based Teaching and Learning, the Oregon Literacy Framework, Response to Intervention, and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports, are all aligned with the CCSS.

Integrate learning. Critical thinking, literacy across the curriculum, and application of skills are key points in the CCSS. Your trip to the grocery store requires planning, reading, math facts, estimation, communication, and critical thinking to make the right purchases. The CCSS require students to integrate their learning just as you do when you fill your shopping cart.

Provide a common approach to learning on a continuum.The CCSS fit with Oregon’s vision of education from preschool to college and career. The goal of the CCSS is to prepare students for a successful life after school. AND, whether they stay put or move often, students will be learning the same content.

Offer more support than ever before. You are now part of a planning team that includes most teachers in America. Because the CCSS has been adopted across the U.S., national organizations and individual teachers have already begun designing lessons, curriculum units, and materials for you to use - free of charge.

Click here to read more, and to view Oregon’s Teacher Resource Page.

Helpful Links For Teachers (from

  • Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos
  • Professional Learning Policy Review: A Workbook for States and Districts (PDF)
  • Achieve the Core
  • Illustrative Mathematics
  • Core Planner
  • Professional Development Toolkits: English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (K-8)
  • Model Content Frameworks
  • Classroom Resources
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