Information Brief 2012-13

Implementing the Common Core State Standards

Progress at Higher-Performing High Schools

A fall 2011 study surveyed teachers and administrators from higher-performing high schools and assessed the timeline for key implementation tasks for the Common Core State Standards.

The results suggest that the first task being addressed is the identification of differences between previous state standards and the Common Core State Standards. The last task to be addressed is designing an evaluation system that measures student mastery of the Standards.

Common Core State Standards Implementation Progress

TaskBefore 2011–20122011–20122012–20132013–20142014–2015 or laterNo plansDon't know
Identifying differences between previous state standards and the new Common Core State Standards.26%42%4%1%0%2% 25%
Developing a comprehensive plan and timeline for implementing the Common Core State Standards.21%39%10%1%1%1% 26%
Aligning instruction to the Common Core State Standards.17%38%15%4%0%1% 25%
Aligning teacher professional development to the Common Core State Standards.16%38%11%1%0%2%32%
Implementing new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.10%27%19%6%1%2%35%
Developing or purchasing curriculum materials tied to the Common Core State Standards.9%28%10%4%0%4%45%
Designing an evaluation system that measures student mastery of the Common Core State Standards.8%24%16%6%2%2%42%

Note: Data come from 272 educators from 63 high-performing high schools across 25 states. Schools were selected based on students’ growth towards college and career readiness or based on improvement in average ACT scores over time. Totals may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

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