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Common Core

These documents and website links are tools for educators to use to introduce the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that were adopted by Michigan in July 2010. Additional resources are provided that will help schools align curriculum, instruction and assessment with the new standards.

Overview Resources

These workshop agendas, handouts, and activities help schools learn about the K-12 Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Introductory PowerPoint


Key Takeaways

Key concepts found in the K-12 Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts



English Language Arts


Social Studies


Parents Guide to Student Success


Common Core State Standards Initiative - NEW

Alignment Resources

These resources help schools facilitate the K-12 horizontal and vertical curriculum alignment process. Sample workshop agendas are provided along with the Michigan Department of Education crosswalks that show the alignment between the GLCEs/HSCEs with the CCSS.


Cross walks showing content coming inand going out:

English Language Arts

Instructional Resources

These activities will help teachers understand and incorporate the instructional strategies imbedded in the Common Core State Standards.


Professional Development Resources:

A Focus on Informational Text

A Focus on Writing


NEW: Introduction Videos for Common Core

The Hunt Institute Channel has posted a series of short videos on topics concerning the Common Core State Standards. These videos feature the authors of the CCSS explaining key concepts of the Standards.


Links to video-taped lessons that incorporate effective instructional strategies:


Content Literacy Strategies for History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects


CCSS-M Learning Progressions Math Document K-5

Assessment Resources

Tools to help assess student mastery of Common Core State Standards

NEW! ELA Smarter Balance Assessment Samples

NEW! Math Smarter Balance Assessment Samples

NEW! Sample Items and Performance Tasks

NEW – Sample Smarter Balanced ELA and Mathematics Assessments

PARCC Field Test Resources

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) brings together 30 states, including Michigan, to create a common, innovative assessment system for Mathematics and English Lanugage Arts that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.



Smart News

Click to view the May Smarter Balance Consortium Newsletter  



Resources from State Organizations

Michigan Council Teachers of Math


MDE Resources


MAISA Resources




ACT Research on Common Core


Timeline for Development of New Science Standards


NAEP Questions Tool




Implementing the Common Core State Standards, by Willard Daggett, Int'l Center for Leadership in Education

Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers

Grade Level Parent Guides to the Common Core


Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core

These roadmaps show parents what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8 and high school.

NEW! English Language Arts/Literacy

NEW! Mathematics


St. Clair County RESA Next Generation Science Standards information and resources