Will States receive financial help to implement the Common Core State Standards?
Due to the commonality of the CCSS, resources designed to support the standards have the potential to be shared readily with states. A Joint Task Force on the Mathematics, which includes the four major mathematics education organizations in the country, has united to help support mathematics educators in the implementation of the new CCSS. A primary goal of this group is to create a CCSS implementation website that includes a variety of tools and resources for K-12 teachers. A Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has designed English language arts curriculum maps for use by school districts.It is anticipated that, in the future, textbooks and curriculum resources could be available through open source environments for use by all participating states. The benefits of adopting the Common Core State Standards far outweigh the short term costs districts will require in the transition. The 25 states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) plan to develop content frameworks, units of study, and performance tasks aligned to the CCSS, and additional resources. These will be available for all of our school districts to use. The economies of scale that the Common Core will bring to Arkansas will allow our state to spend more of its K-12 budget on other vital efforts to support teaching and learning in the classroom.« Back to FAQs