By far, the greatest challenge that most school districts are facing today is the lack of funding. These are particularly challenging times, as schools continue to deal with the lingering effects of the 2007 – 2009 recession and the resulting budget cuts.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported last fall that 34 states are providing less funding per student this school year than before the recession. Without adequate funding, it’s impossible to carry out all aspects of implementing the standards, or any reform efforts for that matter.
But lack of funding doesn’t have to impede the implementation of the CCSSM. Some of the very best resources for the implementing the Common Core are free for the taking and readily available online. Curriculum leaders and teachers can utilize these valuable tools and resources that are being shared by states and organizations that do have funding for the development of standards-aligned resources. Some of them include:
Here are 3 free resources that I’ve selected from the full list included in our downloadable Field Guide for CCSSM Implementation that you may find useful in your implementation process.
- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) website provides implementation tools and resources to point states to promising practices and tools to support Common Core State Standards implementation.
- Free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards is available on the Achieve the Core website . It includes practical tools designed by Jason Zimba, one of the three lead CCSSM writers, to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results.
- News about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards along with blog discussion with Dr. Bill McCallum, a major CCSSM contributor/author, about specific standards.
Want more free, quality resources for implementing the CCSSM?
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