Laura Devaney’s recent article How Secondary School Principals Can Master the Common Core in eSchool News offers suggestions for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and supporting each site’s classroom teachers. By recognizing the transition to CCSS as a unique and momentous opportunity, principals can more effectively advance the transformation of classroom instruction and student attitudes toward learning.
Devaney references Kentucky’s efforts to equip school districts with skills and resources that will aid in their transition efforts. Measures suggested include:
- identify engaging instructional resources
- align instruction to the CCSS
- revise curriculum maps and pacing guides
- prepare samples of instructional units
In addition, principals can signal their support and help lead their school’s transition to the Common Core standards by taking a number of critical steps:
- Actively participate in all available trainings
- Use available tools offered by the state and district
- Build capacity within your school
- Assure vertical alignment from kindergarten to high school graduation
- Use free apps, such as the Common Core Standards app
- Provide professional learning opportunities and peer networking
- Build in quality time for teachers to use and implement the CCSS for instruction and assessment
- Monitor progress continuously
- Provide time for teachers to analyze data and make appropriate decisions
- Become thoroughly educated on the CCSS
Kentucky is also working hard to stay up-to-date on current research-based data. For example, consider Kentucky’s alignment to the Lexile Framework® for Reading and The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics. Their partnership with MetaMetrics in assuring their educational community has access to these developmental measures has been incomparable. Kentucky continues to encourage their staffs to understand the meanings of the measures and how they may be utilized to guide classroom instruction and track growth toward college and career readiness.
Kentucky is to be commended for their efforts to lead the way in transforming education in their state and to ensure that each student graduates college and career ready.