From the Council of Great City Schools:
From the Military Child Education Coalition, which supports the standards:
From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
addressing common myths about the Common Core State Standards:
The Common Core State Standards are a set of educational standards developed by the National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices, the Council of Chief State School Officers, 48 states and D.C., and thousands of educators and experts.
The standards ensure high school graduates are college and career ready and are based on evidence and research conducted on the most successful school systems world-wide. They also create consistent goals and expectations for students across the nation.
To date, 46 states have adopted the standards and are implementing them by developing curricula based on the standards.
Adoption of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards
In 2010 Alabama developed the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards based on the Common Core State Standards. The State Board of Education voted to adopt its new standards with its November 18, 2010 resolution that notes the SBOE “will continue to be the sole and exclusive entity vested with the authority, without restriction, to adopt or revoke all academic standards in all subjects for students in the public schools in the state of Alabama.” (This followed a May 14, 2009 resolution regarding development of the Common Core, which noted that “any state that participates in development of the common core of standards is not bound to adopt or implement the standards.”)
The SBOE affirmed its adoption of the new standards a year later with its November 10, 2011 resolution. In addition to reaffirming the language of the previous resolution, the 2011 resolution notes that, “any federal government action, through administrative fiat or congressional act, to dictate or prescribe a particular set of academic content standards or to dictate how such standards are to be implemented is an intrusion into the states’ long-standing established rights and responsibilities to deliver K-12 education that violates fundamental principles of federalism.”
Implementation of the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards
During the 2012-13 school year, Schools across Alabama and their teachers are transitioning to the new math standards and developing their own curricula based on the standards. During the 2013-14 school year, schools will similarly implement the new English/Language Arts standards.
The standards do not tell anyone how to teach. Systems and schools are still responsible for this. The standards only state what students at each level in math and English should be able to accomplish.
Browse below to learn more about the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.
The Alabama College and Career Ready Standards
- Alabama English/Language Arts Course of Study (.pdf) – Alabama State Department of Education
- Alabama Mathematics Course of Study (.pdf) – Alabama State Department of Education
Common Core State Standards
Free iPhone/iPad app that serves as a reference to help easily read and understand the Common Core State Standards. [Note:This is for the Common Core. It does not have the Alabama-specific standards included in the College and Career Ready Standards.]
News, Editorials and Testimonies on the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards and Common Core State Standards
- Alabama College and Career Ready Standards — Leading to Prosperity – February 12, 2013, al.com, editorial by State Board of Education members Mary Scott Hunter (R) and Tracy Roberts (R)
- Alabama College and Career Ready Standards Facts vs. Myths – February 21, 2013
- More than common core (Classroom Clips) – February 13, 2013, al.com, story by Rona Kilpatrick-Shedd of al.com
- Extremism in Defense of Mediocrity is Quite a Vice – January 31, 2013, Jay P. Greene’s Blog, Guest Post by Matthew Ladner
- The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends – January/February 2013, ASCD.org, Timothy Shanahan
- Letter from U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity to parents on its adoption of the Common Core State Standards – May 21, 2012
- Preserve Alabama’s core school standards – November 10, 2011, al.com, editorial by Mike Hollis of The Huntsville Times
- The state school board’s decision about whether to rescind Common Core State Standards for K-12 schools should be made based on facts, not fear-mongering – November 10, 2011, al.com, editorial by The Birmingham News
- Five Reasons Why A+ Supports the College and Career Ready Initiative – November 9, 2011, Education News in Alabama, A+ Education Partnership
- Bentley Should Keep Common Core Standards – November 8, 2011, editorial by the Tuscaloosa News
- States school feds on standards – November 1, 2011, Politico, editorial by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) and former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt (D)
- Remarks to the Oklahoma House Interim Study Committee on Common Core Standards – Arizona State Senator Rich Crandall (R), October 6, 2011
- Five Myths About the Common Core State Standards – September/October 2011, Harvard Education Letter via A+ Education Partnership blog, Robert Rothman
- The Case for Common Educational Standards: Three-fourths of students entering college are ‘not adequately prepared academically.’ – July 23, 2011, The Wall Street Journal, editorial by former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and former New York City Education Chancellor Joel Klein (R)
- Common Core State Standards will help schoolkids and educators across the board and across state lines – November 23, 2010, al.com, editorial by The Birmingham News
- Editorial: Adopt common-sense education standards – November 10, 2010, al.com, editorial by The Mobile Press-Register
- Joint letter of support – November 2011, from the A+ Education Partnership, Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Association of School Boards, and School Superintendents of Alabama
- Joint letter of support – February 2013, from the “Big 4” chambers of commerce in Alabama from Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile
- Op-ed from State Board of Education members Mary Scott Hunter and Tracy Roberts explaining how the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards were adopted, February 2013
- Myths vs. Facts sheet on Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, February 2013
Briefs on the Common Core State Standards
- What Are Alabama’s ‘Common Core’ Standards? (.pdf) – A+ Education Partnership
- Common Misconceptions [about the Common Core] – Foundation for Excellence in Education
- Understanding the Common Core State Standards (.pdf) – Achieve, Inc.
- Understanding the K-12 Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (.pdf) – Achieve, Inc.
- Understanding the K-12 Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects – Achieve, Inc.
- Parents’ Guide to Student Success – National PTA
- Fewer, Clearer, Higher: Moving Forward with Consistent, Rigorous Standards for All Students (.pdf) – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Information Page on the Alabama College and Career Ready Initiative Standards – Alabama State Department of Education
Further Research on the Common Core State Standards
- The State of the State Standards–and the Common Core–in 2010 – Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness – Educational Policy Improvement Center
- Comparing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and NCTM’s ‘Curriculum Focal Points’ (.pdf) – Achieve, Inc.
- Beyond the Rhetoric: Improving College Readiness Through Coherent State Policy (.pdf) – Southern Regional Education Board
- Common Core State Standards: Progress and Challenges in School District’s Implementation (.pdf) – Center on Education Policy