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ERIC Number: ED540455
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-18
Pages: 27
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader
Achieve, Inc.
As shown by MetLife's 2010 "Survey of the American Teacher," America's educators strongly believe that all students should graduate from high school ready for college and a career (85 percent). Additionally, according to MetLife's 2009 survey, 86 percent of teachers believe that setting high expectations for students will improve student achievement to that end. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are strongly aligned with those sentiments. The CCSS provide an opportunity to realize systemic change and ensure that American students are held to the same high expectations in mathematics and literacy as their global peers--regardless of state or zip code. For elementary principals this means supports for planning, capacity building, and implementation. Elementary and middle school principals need assistance to ensure that they understand the requirements and have the resources for providing professional development to teachers, have access to the needed curricula, and have a chance to provide input into assessment protocols and procedures. The understanding and leadership of principals is essential to the success of the CCSS. The success of such change requires the thoughtful attention of school leaders. As such, this Action Brief for elementary leaders is offered as a "starting point," designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders--who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources--with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards. This Action Brief will provide no-cost takeaways, talking points and action steps that school leaders and counselors can begin to put into practice in their schools today. Appended are: (1) Talking Points for Leaders; and (2) Resources. (Contains 16 resources and 18 footnotes.) [This paper was a joint action brief with College Summit.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: Counselors; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: MetLife Foundation
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.; National Association of Secondary School Principals; National Association of Elementary School Principals