To assist states in gauging the strength of their implementation plans and to illustrate how to improve them, Education First and Achieve partnered on the development of a new “Common Core State Standards Implementation Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool.” This tool sets a high quality standard for a strong state role, provides some concrete details and examples to help state leaders get there and profiles some promising state approaches.
Recognizing differences in state tradition, restrictions and authority for education as well as the central role of districts and other partners in implementation, the rubric identifies a strong state role that attends to three essential outcomes:
- Accountability for results
- Quality of services and products
- Alignment of services and products with the expectations articulated in the CCSS.
This tool is designed to be useful for all states implementing the Common Core State Standards – whether they are members of PARCC, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium or both.
In addition, the tool is intended to complement a workbook that Achieve and the Education Delivery Institute (EDI) released, Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Workbook for State and Local Leaders.