• The Shifts

    How is the Common Core different from previous state standards? The Shifts provide a frame that describes how the Common Core raises expectations across multiple areas of the educational experience including instructional materials, classroom practice, and assessment. The Shifts illustrate how every standard contributes to transformative changes in the classroom that will better prepare college-and-career-ready students. To read the full text of the Standards go to CoreStandards.org.

  • The Common Core Shifts: Professional Development

    Complete professional development resources to better understand the Shifts.

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  • Shifts in ELA / Literacy

    1. Regular practice with complex text and its academic language

    2. Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational

    3. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

  • Shifts in Mathematics

    1. Focus strongly where the Standards focus

    2. Coherence: Think across grades, & link to major topics within grades

    3. Rigor: in major topics pursue: conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.

    Introductory Videos on the Common Core State Standards

    Collection of brief videos introducing the Common Core State Standards.

  • Shifts Quick-Reference Card (wallet-size)

    Quick reference card summarizing the biggest changes in math and ELA / literacy.

  • The Common Core Shifts at a Glance

    A document explaining the biggest changes in mathematics and ELA / Literacy. 2-pg PDF.