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AFT Policy

AFT and the Common Core State Standards—a work in progress
This brochure discusses the AFT position on the Common Core State Standards, how the AFT plans to support the implementation of the standards, and recommended resources.

Making Common Core State Standards Work before Making Them Count, Remarks of Randi Weingarten, April 30, 2013

Recommendations of the AFT Ad Hoc Committee on Standards Rollout, May 19, 2011

Implementation Tools

Assessing Alignment to the Common Core State Standards: A Curriculum Review Tool for Mathematics; English Language Arts
These AFT tools, developed with strong input from teachers, are intended to assist those who serve on state or local curriculum framework committees and on local textbook adoption committees by providing guidance to drive the development of curricula and instructional resources that facilitate real and significant improvements in teaching and learning. It is important that the people who use this tool be familiar with the Common Core standards before they begin to examine materials or to develop curriculum or curriculum frameworks.

Assessing Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
This AFT resource is intended to serve as a tool that will assist leaders and advocates in their implementation efforts by providing guidance that can drive the development of a high-quality implementation plan. This tool can help determine whether the district’s current implementation efforts address critical components of a high-quality implementation plan, whether critical components of implementation are missing, and whether implementation efforts support goals that are aligned with current reform efforts in the district or state.

Parent Resources

PTA’s Parents’ Guide to Student Success
This guide was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. It includes key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented; activities that parents can do at home to support their child’s learning; methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child’s teacher; and tips for parents of high school students in planning for college and career. www.pta.org/4446.htm