AFT Policy

Implementation Tools

Assessing Alignment to the Common Core State Standards: A Curriculum Review Tool for English Language Arts

This AFT tool, developed with strong input from teachers, is 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 Alignment to the Common Core State Standards: A Curriculum Review Tool for Mathematics

This AFT tool, developed with strong input from teachers, is 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.