10 Steps for Migrating Your Curriculum to the Common Core

As implementation of the Common Core State Standards nears, districts, administrators and teachers are finding themselves challenged by the task of moving from state standards to the new, more demanding standards. Based on a synthesis of interviews with leading K-12 experts and curriculum developers, this paper identifies 10 critical steps (and strategies) on the path to successful migration, including:

  • Performing gap analyses to determine how your state standards differ from the Common Core standards 
  • Providing professional development to help teachers master the new standards and use them to guide instruction 
  • Creating a repository of lesson plans and other resources to fill curricular gaps for teachers 
  • Implementing Lexile-based literacy instruction to help mainstream, special needs and ELL students meet the challenge of the more rigorous Common Core standard

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