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Asside from PARCC alignment to Common Core State Standards, how are the two agencies related?

Sep 2, 2013 11:10am

For a classroom teacher, I see benefit in these two organizations joining forces to provide both the standards and tasks to assess big ideas and essential understandings for each subject and grade level. Streamlining would be helpful for my planning and might reduce redundancy across the organizations. I can see how common or shared unit/lesson plans (in one central location), possibly using a backwards design process, would also greatly benefit me as a teacher. Thoughts?

  • Math
  • Pre K-5
  • Assessment / Collaboration / Planning


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    • Sep 16, 2013 7:53am

      The Common Core State Standards were developed through an initiative by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), while PARCC is a consortium of many of those states that were involved in the development of the CCSS coming together to create aligned assessments. PARCC will continue to release CCSS-aligned resources and materials for states to prepare for the implementation of the assessments (e.g., sample items, Model Content Frameworks), but you should look to your state's website for additional CCSS resources or access websites such as or for solid CCSS resources that will help you with classroom implementation of the standards.