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Common Core State and NC Essential Standards
On June 2, 2010, North Carolina adopted the Common Core State Standards in K-12 Mathematics and K-12 English Language Arts released by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. With the adoption of these state-led education standards, North Carolina is in the first group of states to embrace clear and consistent goals for learning to prepare children for success in college and work.

Common Core Implementation Workbook
Achieve and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute have developed a practical Common Core Implementation Workbook for all states. The workbook uses a proven performance management methodology known as delivery to lay out clear action steps for states and districts. It provides relevant information, case stories of good practice, key questions and hands-on exercises for leadership teams to complete together. Regardless of your state's timeline, the workbook offers state and district leaders the means to plan for the CCSS and then drive successful implementation

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative
Provides the background and mission of the CCSS. The English Language Arts and Mathematics standards are provided. The site includes the participating states, including links to state CCSS implementation pages.

Council of Chief State School Officers
CCSSO leads and facilitates collective state action to transform our public education system in the four strategic areas of Educator Workforce; Information Systems and Research; Next Generation Learners; and Standards, Assessment, and Accountability. The CCSS interactive map links to state websites and provides implementation years. The site also includes multiple resources, including a webinar series covering a variety of topics such as aligning interim/benchmark assessments to CCSS, tools for teaching the CCSS, ELLs and the CCSS, and engaging higher education in implementation

An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed. The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.

National Association for Gifted Children
Site provides a discussion of the CCSS and gifted students as well as Frequently Asked Questions

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Provides answers to questions regarding the CCSS and students with disabilities.

National Governors' Association CCSS Website
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the NGA Center and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories, and the District of Columbia developed a common core of state standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades k-12. Today's students are preparing to enter a global economy where they will be competing for jobs with students from around the world. These standards seek to define the knowledge and skills that students should have to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic courses and in workforce training programs. Moreover, they are internationally benchmarked to ensure that all of America's students are prepared to succeed in a global society.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
PARCC is a 22-state consortium working together to develop next-generation K-12 assessments in English and math.

Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is committed to supporting member states and territories as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Working with educators, Smarter Balanced will identify high-quality curriculum resources aligned to the CCSS and professional development strategies that can be replicated across states. The tools and resources will be posted online and incorporated into the digital library - an on-demand resource to help teachers address learning challenges and differentiate instruction - as part of the assessment system.

TESOL International Association
TESOL International Association's mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.