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Additionally, "The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers," which will place American students in a position in which they can compete in a global economy. Forty-five of the fifty states in the United States are members of the initiative, with the states of Texas, Virginia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota not adopting the initiative at a state level.

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Thanks for a very informative post. My school/district is in the midst of transitioning to the CCSS, and I feel that it is being presented in exactly the way that you warn about. We have been given a list of standards, and have been told begin to implementing them in our classroom, but not in a way that encourages students combine the skills they learn in a meaningful way. This is the same way the previous curriculum was presented and I have found myself wondering on several occasions, "What makes the CCSS any different?" This makes things a bit more clear. I will be looking forward to parts four and five.

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Jay McTighe education author and consultant

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In this series, authors Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins explore five big ideas about the Common Core State Standards and their translation into a curriculum. The goal of this series is to clear up misunderstandings and offer recommendations for designing a coherent curriculum and assessment system for realizing the standards' promise.

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