Arizona’s Common Core Standards are designed to prepare students with the core academic knowledge and skills they need to succeed in post-secondary education and training. What does this mean for Arizona educators?
Arizona’s Common Core Standards provide teachers with:
- Clear, focused standards that are internationally benchmarked and aligned with college and workforce expectations.
- Consistent explanations of what students are expected to learn kindergarten through grade 12.
- Rigorous strategic grade-level goals that provide coherent progressions from grade to grade, linking major topics of study.
- A focus on developing students’ critical thinking, problem solving and real world application of skills through effective instructional strategies.
- A foundation for working collaboratively across content disciplines, schools, districts, and states sharing resources and expertise, to create curricular tools and professional development.
The Common Core State Standards 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. The success of such change requires the thoughtful attention of elementary and secondary school leaders. These Action Briefs for elementary and secondary school leaders are a starting point.
Implementing Arizona’s Common Core Standards:
- CEP Principal Survey Report (January 2013)
ADE, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Education Innovation (GOEI) and Regional Centers, distributed a state-wide survey to 1,986 Principals regarding awareness, understanding, training/resources, and implementation of Arizona’s Common Core Standards (ACCS). This survey was conducted to provide broad information on progress to this collective group—the Collaborative Education Partners (CEP)—in order to identify where and how we can provide resources and training to Arizona’s education community to facilitate successful implementation of ACCS.
- The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief
- The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief