ML Common Core Resources

The Common Core State Standards are a set of K-12 educational standards that are the result of a recent collective movement by state leaders to improve college and career readiness among high school graduates. The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (the NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) led the movement to create a new set of standards for determining high-school graduates’ preparedness for college and career tracks. A draft of the college and career standards was released in July 2009. From these standards, more detailed expectations for each K-12 grade level subsequently were developed, incorporating the best existing state standards, the input of educators and education leaders, and feedback from the public.

The resulting Common Core State Standards have currently been finalized for grades K-12 in the subject areas of ELA/Literacy and Mathematics. Currently, 45 states have endorsed the Common Core State Standards and have at least some implementation efforts in place. Forty-four of these states have expressed a commitment to implementing assessments based on the new standards for the 2014-2015 school year in addition to replacing their previous inpidual standards. The movement toward adopting the Common Core State Standards represents a rare, cross-state consensus in United States education. (Text from "Common Core 101," a free MOOC offered at Saylor.Org.)

Click on the Integrating the Common Core into the Mountain Lakes Curricula LREP presentation to learn more.

Achieve the Core Resources

Achieve the Core This website provides almost 300 free, teacher-developed lessons for grades 3-10 lessons, scaffolded analytical writing tasks that provide examples for teaching Common Core writing, assessment questions, tools for differentiating for reluctant readers, videos and PD modules on the CommonCore.

New Common Core Assessments: The PARCC & Smarter Balance

PARCC & SMARTER BALANCE Tests (1) PARCC Sample Assessments These sample texts, questions and performance tasks will help in creating your own Common Core assessments. If you would like to see how these test questions will look like for students, then try the sample test items or go directly to the test items in grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and high school. (2) The Smarter Balanced Assessment, which just released practice versions of its online tests for Common Core State Standards in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11. The tests can be accessed directly (as a guest) using the student interface at

Inside Mathematics Resources

Inside Mathematics This professional resource is for educators passionate about improving students' mathematics learning and performance. This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site. You can find incredible standard-based lessons by grade level there!

Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics This website guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards. As you can see from the image below, the site is easy to use and rich with Common Core samples.

The Math CommonCore TOOLBOX

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox This site is a resource designed to support districts working to meet the challenge and the opportunity of the new standards. Here you will find tools and instructional materials that help you to better understand and to implement the Common Core. Make sure to check out the Sample curriculum framework documents where one can find documents that show the standards clustered into units, and suggests a sequence to the units. For each unit, both content standards and standards for mathematical practice are listed, as well as the approximate time suggested for completing the unit!

Khan Academy Math Common Core Resources

Khan Academy Common Core Their Common Core content and practical resources include thousands of new peer-reviewed practice problems that can be used in your classroom today. Check out how their expert team of teachers, tutors and professors have unpacked inpidual standards to build new exercises designed entirely to test knowledge of standards on a deep level. Make sure to checkout my favorite Khan resource, their K-12 Common Core Curriculum Map (replete with sample exercises).

Scholastic Common Core Resources

Scholastic CommonCore Scholastic stands ready to provide teacher support, a wealth of Common Core-ready resources, and up-to-date information that will help you lay a solid foundation for your students, providing the skills and knowledge they¹ll need to succeed in the 21st century. Click on the links for Scholastic's Common Core-Ready Offerings in Language Arts & other Content Areas.

NYEngage Language Arts/Literature Resources

The NY Department of Education has a Common Core portal in which one can find lessons. New York also has a webpage of units and sample tasks in Language Arts & Math.

Plus, the USNY Regents Research Fund has funded the Odell Education's Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum, an integrated set of English Language Arts/Literacy units spanning grades 6-12. The free curriculum is comprised of a series of four 3-4 week units at each grade level that provide direct instruction on a set of literacy proficiencies at the heart of the Common Core State Standards. Each unit highlights a core literacy proficiency and provides approaches, instructional sequences, handouts, tools and texts for developing independent mastery and creative critical thinking in students.

Unit 1: Reading Closely for Textual Details

Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims

Unit 3: Researching to Deepen Understanding

Unit 4: Building Evidence-Based Arguments

The New Jersey Educator Resource Exchange: Model Curriculum & Common Core Lessons

The New Jersey Educator Resource Exchange Designed by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with Common Core Learning Engine, this website provides free standards- aligned resources to New Jersey educators. Dubbed the “New Jersey Educator Resource Exchange,” this free website allows you to navigate these standards, search for and download instructional resources, create a library of resources for later use, and establish a "resource feed" that will notify you when new resources are added to the site. New Jersey educators will be able to rate each of these resources, allowing for you to quickly scan and find resources that others have found to be high-quality and useful in their classroom.

Edutopia Common Core Links

Edutopia Access this educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.

Teaching Channel Videos

The Teaching Channel These videos highlight Common Core-aligned lessons in Language Arts, Math & other content areas.

ASCD EduCore Digital Tool

ASCD: EduCore ASCD's free EduCore digital tool, which was funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help educators transition to the Common Core standards in mathematics and English language arts and literacy.

NEA Common Core Toolkit

NEA's Common Core State Standards Toolkit This toolkit provides general background and links to pertinent information about the CCSS, as well as practical assistance and planning.