Analysis of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

Analysis of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics

This non-ideological, side-by-side comparison of the Common Core State Standards and Massachusetts then under development K-12 English and math standards found that Common Core not only draws heavily from Massachusetts standards, but improves upon them by incorporating some of the best international standards. The researchers found there is substantial alignment between the two sets of standards in terms of rigor and whether they are clear and measurable. One key improvement the report identified is a stronger emphasis on strategic thinking and less on recall in the Common Core standards, and the introduction of these skills in earlier grades.

Full Report here

Executive Summary here

Press Release here

English Language Arts Appendix here

Mathematics Appendix here

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