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Teachers

To effectively implement the Common Core State Standards, teachers must understand what the standards require students to know and be able to do; design and implement instruction that supports every student in meeting the standards; and continually assess students’ progress toward the standards using multiple assessment practices. These are key actions in support of students demonstrating the knowledge and skills for their grade levels, meeting or exceeding the expectations on grade-level summative assessments, and becoming college- and career-ready upon graduation from high school.


Standards

Teachers understand what the standards require students to know and be able to do.

  • Possess deep knowledge and comprehension of the complexities of the content and skill expectations
  • Understand the coherence in the standards and how the concepts and skills progress, build and connect to one another
  • Comprehend conceptual learning progressions and how students’ understanding of ideas develop, evolve, and progress
  • Understand and are able to describe the expectations in terms of student actions—what it will look like when a student has the knowledge and skills stated in the standard

Instruction

Teachers design and implement instruction that supports every student in meeting the standards.

  • Establish long- and short-term learning goals for all students
  • Design and implement units and lessons that develop students’ proficiency with the mathematics content and practice standards and the ELA reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening standards
  • Utilize effective instructional strategies
    • Differentiate instruction to support the growth of each student
    • Accelerate learning for students who are not on track to meet grade-level standards
    • Implement flexible grouping strategies that respond to the needs of students and the learning goals
    • Seek appropriate interventions for identified students when needed
    • Develop students’ meta-cognition abilities
  • Create a classroom culture that facilitates and acknowledges high expectations for all students and ensures a safe learning environment for everyone.

Assessment

Teachers continually assess students’ progress toward the standards using multiple assessment practices.

  • Use formative assessment practices on a daily basis to guide instruction
    • Share learning goals with students and ensure understanding of the criteria for success
    • Engage students in peer- and self-assessments
  • Use assessment data of individual students to inform learning needs
  • Understand the purpose, relevance, and appropriate use of summative assessments