PARCC Institute, March 2012

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The PARCC Transition & Implementation Institute was held on March 6-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. The meeting provided state and district leaders a framework for reviewing their Common Core and PARCC implementation plans, with an eye toward coherence and policy alignment. The meeting provided a forum for both state team time as well as cross-state sharing, problem solving, and peer networking. The meeting agenda is available here.

During the meeting, Achieve released two tools. To assist states in gauging the strength of their implementation plans and to illustrate how to improve them, Education First and Achieve have partnered on the development of a new “Common Core State Standards Implementation Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool.” This is no easy task, and will require states to assume a far stronger leadership role than most have in the past. This tool sets a high quality standard for a strong state role, provides some concrete details and examples to help state leaders get there and profiles some promising state approaches.

The tool is intended to complement a workbook that Achieve and the Education Delivery Institute (EDI) released, Implementing the Common Core State Standards: A Workbook for State and Local Leaders. The Achieve-EDI workbook was updated to include a new timeline as well as three new chapters.

The Achieve and EDI workbook focuses on “the how” – what it takes to organize and manage the complex implementation plan required for success, whereas the rubric and self-assessment tool released by Achieve and Education First focuses more directly on the “what.”

Below are additional materials from the meeting.