Academic content standards serve as the foundation for state and district education systems. Standards communicate to teachers, parents, and students the knowledge and skills that children are expected to master in each grade and subject. Leadership and Implementation teams will need to explore and establish a scope of what it means to implement the standards.
Minnesota has created a document that traces the journey from adopting the standards at a local level through development of learning targets, assessments, curriculum design, unit and lesson development, to interventions. Read Mapping the Journey from Standards to Lessons under MDE Supports.
The Minnesota English Language Arts (ELA) Standards have galvanized districts and schools to provide opportunities for and to address the needs of all students to engage with academic learning and academic language, including English learners, students with disabilities, students with an “opportunity gap,” and others.
The Toolkit contains links to the Minnesota ELA Standards, English Language Development Standards, and College- and Career-Readiness Standards, as well as resources and tools for working with these student populations. Read explanations about these standards, how they were constructed, how they overlap, and their differences from previous Minnesota standards.
Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010)
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/StanCurri/K-12AcademicStandards/index.htm). From this webpage you can access the Minnesota ELA Standards. Scroll to the Language Arts section in the middle of this page for more information.World-Class Instructional Design Assessment (WIDA) English Language Development Standards
(http://www.wida.us/standards/eld.aspx) includes relevant training resources for teachers and English language (EL) staff along with the EL Standards. Minnesota is a member of WIDA and uses its consultants to provide technical assistance and resources to districts throughout Minnesota.
Roles and Responsibilities of LeadersImplementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Elementary School Leader Action Brief
(http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-elementary-school-leader-action-brief). This resource for elementary school leaders is designed to increase understanding of the Common Core State Standards, create a sense of urgency for their implementation, and explain the role of stakeholders in putting the standards to use.Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the Secondary School Leader Action Brief
(http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-secondary-school-leader-action-brief). This resource for secondary school leaders is designed to increase understanding of the Common Core State Standards, create a sense of urgency for their implementation, and explain the role of stakeholders in putting the standards to use.Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Counselor Action Brief
(http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-school-counselor-action-brief). This resource for school counselors is designed to increase understanding of the Common Core State Standards, create a sense of urgency for their implementation, and explain the role of stakeholders in putting the standards to use.Understanding the Standards Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA)
(http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy), provided by the Council of Chief State School officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), includes standards in English language arts, literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Appendices discuss text complexity, text exemplars, and samples of student writing. Note: The Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts (2010)
contain all of the Common Core ELA Standards plus additional content.Connecting Career Readiness and Minnesota State Standards College and Career Readiness Skills Analysis
(http://achieve.org/Skills-CCSS). This resource from Achieve identifies the types and range of skills reflected in the CCSS ELA/literacy using two sets of skills statements as benchmarks: the Deeper Learning Standards and the Career Cluster Essential Knowledge and Skills. Achieve deliberately selected two diverse sets of skills statements to ensure that the analysis focused on both broad, transferable “habits of mind” skills and skills more aligned with workplace and career readiness.ACT College Readiness Standards
™ (http://www.act.org/standard/planact/english/index.html). ACT's College Readiness Standards™ can be used to predict student performance in college or determine career readiness. These standards can inform alignment of high school curriculum and standards to college performance. Browse the Information Briefs
(http://www.act.org/research-policy/policy-publications/#issue_briefs) section of ACT’s website to learn more about how to align ACT standards, curriculum and college readiness.Achieve Career Readiness
(http://achieve.org/career-readiness). This site contains a number of reports that explore the link between a strong K-12 academic foundation as articulated by college- and career-ready standards or expectations and students’ ability to access and succeed in the careers of their choice.Common Core Standards and Students with DisabilitiesPractical Strategies and Implications of the Common Core Standards on Inclusive Settings and Students with Disabilities
(http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars/lisa-dieker-webinar.aspx).This 50-minute webinar for general educators, special educators, and administrators addresses how the new Common Core State Standards affect inclusive settings and students with disabilities.Language Arts Instructional Strategies for Special Education Teachers and All Teachers
(http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Digital_Resources/April_10_EAG_Webinar.html). This one-hour webinar from the Council of Chief State School Officers for educators and leaders covers the key changes in methods and instruction in language arts in the elementary grades that teachers will have to incorporate under the Common Core Standards.Common Core State Standards: The Promise and Peril for Students with Disabilities
(http://www.calstat.org/publications/pdfs/Edge_summer_2012_newsletter.pdf). This short newsletter article by Martha L. Thurlow (National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota) discusses the potential benefits and the challenges of applying the Common Core Standards to students with disabilities.Transition to the CCSS for Teachers of Student with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Aligning Instruction to Standards
(http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Digital_Resources/April_16_EAG_Webinar.html). This one-hour webinar from the Council of Chief State School Officers for educators and leaders focuses on important transitions in instructional approach for teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities.Common Core Standards and English Learners
Video Interview: Dr. Diane August
(http://www.colorincolorado.org/multimedia/experts/video/august/) is a series of seven videos explaining the alignment of English language (EL) proficiency standards with Common Core standards (CCS) to equip viewers with the requisite language for CCS. Read the full transcript
(http://www.colorincolorado.org/multimedia/experts/video/august/transcript/).The Road to Common Core State Standards: Building a Bridge for English Language Learners
(http://www.colorincolorado.org/pdfs/policy/Road-to-CCSS-for-ELLS_ELL-Instruction.pdf) focuses on English language considerations for schools and districts as they begin to implement the standards. It also discusses the implications of the Common Core Standards for English language instruction and challenges that schools may face in the process. Video Interview: Gabriela Uro
(http://www.colorincolorado.org/multimedia/experts/video/uro/) is a series of six videos about Common Core and English Language Learners (ELLs), emphasizing the importance of including ELLs in planning from the start. Read the full transcript at ColorinColorado