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.
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
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.
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