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Common Core Standards Seeking to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other, a majority of states have now adopted the standards and are in process of implementing them. Standards were authored by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers (2010)
California Standards

Common Core Standards

The California Department of Education and the State Board of Education websites contains information about California standards. The second link is to California's position and progress on implementing the Common Core Standards.
U.S. Department of Education Here's the official place to find trends in the nation regarding standards.  You'll find a brief report on each state's progress in establishing standards with links to state Web sites that have standards posted.
The Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McRel) standards database and
their career standards provides many links.

Robert J. Marzano's article, "Eight Questions You Should Ask Before Implementing Standards-Based Education at the Local Level" is well worth the read. It's 1996 copyright may throw you off, but the questions are still valid.
Achieve Achieve’s goal is to help every state close the expectations gap so that all students graduate ready for success. The cornerstone of Achieve’s work on standards is benchmarking, or clearly defining what students should know and be able to do at different grade levels. Since 2005, the focus of our work has been to ensure that all students are ready for college or work when they graduate. The American Diploma Project Network benchmarks define the needed knowledge and skills for high school students.
National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Check their five core propositions on teacher practices.
The Association of California School Administrators Their position paper on academic standards presents one point of view.
National technology standards From the International Society for Technology in Education are a model of form and substance for students, teachers, and administrators.
National Education Goals Panel This site is an on-line and up-to-date source for education data for individual state and the nation regarding the National Education Goals. The Data Center allows you to view data through tables and graphs, compare states, compare your state to other states and the nation, and to find out who the highest performing states in the nation are on particular goal indicators.
The Center for Education Reform, This nonprofit, non-partisan advocacy group has a good collection of WWW resources and organizations related to standards.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) Check their research on important topics related to K-12 educational testing.
Education World Here are the objectives of the voluntary National Education Standards for the major subject areas. The site provides access to the state standards by subject as well.
Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education This organization has announced standards to help ensure that candidates will be engaged in a rigorous process to prepare them for a career in teaching. The link is to their blog. Three organizations have now joined and a new website enlarged Council will be up in the "fall of 2013."
California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)

CLRN objectives: include

  • Identify and review supplemental electronic learning resources such as software, video, and Internet resources.
  • Identify learning units aligned to resources and the state academic content standards.
  • Maintain an interactive web site to provide information about electronic learning resources through an online searchable database and links to state education technology projects and resources.
Schools of California On-line Resources
for Education (SCORE)
SCORE includes four clearinghouses focused on linking Internet resources to state standards in mathematics, science, history/social science, and language arts.  Each database has sample lesson plans, links to content sites for students, as well as other best practice examples in implementing standards-based curriculum in the classroom.
MarcoPolo This site standards-based content resource for the K-12 teacher and classroom.  Online resources include panel-reviewed links to top sites in many disciplines and professionally developed lesson plans and classroom activities.

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