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ERIC Number: ED564338
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
The Common Core Meets State Policy: This Changes Almost Everything. Policy Memorandum
Kirst, Mike W.
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
The full policy implications of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts K-12 are just beginning to unfold across the 45 states (and DC) that are working to implement them. The CCSS will impact almost all key state education policies in fundamental ways. As was learned from the 1990-2005 era of systemic state standards-based reform, when academic standards change, so do policies related to student assessment and school accountability. Many other specific policies must be aligned and harmonized, including state curriculum frameworks, instructional materials, K-12 and college assessment, K-12 finance, professional development, teacher evaluation/preparation, preschool, and others. The Common Core standards provide a great opportunity for improving student attainment, and a great challenge for California to implement. Common Core is much more than just a new array of standards. It provides a new vision for teaching and learning that builds upon what the state began in the 1990s. Also, it is better aligned to the changing economy and demography of California. In this brief, the author outlines what the Common Core will mean for California education policy in each of these important areas.
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670. Tel: 510-642-7223; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, California Education Policy Fund; Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation; James Irvine Foundation; Stuart Foundation
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California