So far, 36 states have adopted Common Core State Standards. The next step is to figure out how to teach the standards. Common Core (an independent group) has released curriculum maps for K-12 English Language Arts based on the new standards.
With encouragement from NGA and support from the Gates Foundation we took the standards along with the recommended exemplar texts and used them as the basis for creating new curriculum maps that we believe teachers today will be excited to use. We even tapped the same expert who worked on the reading standards for the CCSS to create a new pacing guide for the teaching of reading customized to our maps.
Common Core’s curriculum maps were “written by public school teachers for public school teachers.” Common Core urges teachers to look at the draft maps and comment by Sept. 17.