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Common Core Standards



CPALMS is the official source of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and course descriptions in Florida. CPALMS is supporting the implementation of these standards by providing thousands of instructional/educational resources that has been vetted by teachers and subject area experts for content, presentation, accuracy, and alignment to these standards.

Common Core Standards Initiative

This website is a resource for all things Common Core.  You can download standards, get links to other websites that address the standards, and get training information.

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

This is a copy of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, including literacy standards for Science and Social Studies.  Download it to see the standards and start aligning your curriculum.

The Common Core State Standards has appendices that provide examples of texts, assignments, and student product.  However, the Escambia County School District prefers to, after careful investigation and deliberation by administrators, teachers, and parents, develop its own educational resources and reading lists for classroom use and titles for independent reading.

Florida's CPALMS website has a link to the originally adopted Common Core State Standards, an implementation timeline, as well as other related resources.

Common Core Standards Webinar, June 10, 2010

This is a copy of the PowerPoint from a webinar that explains the Common Core Standards and how they apply to student achievement.  It gives an overview of the purpose of the standards and their goal in preparing students for post-high school life.

Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project

Common Core’s Curriculum Maps in English Language Arts translate the new Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten through 12th grade into unit maps that teachers can use to plan their year, craft their own more detailed curriculum, and create lesson plans. They were were written by public school teachers for public school teachers and are available free of charge to anyone who would like to use them.

Achieve the Core

Student Achievement Parnerst developed the website as a resource related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  They were founded by members of the same team that played a leading role in the development of the new Common Core State Standards.As a non- profit organization, Student Achievement Partners has one purpose: to help all students and teachers see their hard work lead to greater student achievement.

This website has resources, for teachers, administrators, trainers, and parents.  It is widely considered one of the best resources for the Common Core State Standards.

Kansas Common Core

The Kansas Department of Education has become a national resource for information and tools regarding text complexity.  This valuable website has tools to help you determine if the texts you are using in your classroom are at the appropriate complexity level to challenge your students to grow.


EngageNY is a website from the state of New York, one of the leaders in the CCSS movement.  It is a collection of resources for educators and administrators.  It's Common Core page has two very informative documents that discuss the shifts we, as educators, must make as we move towards the new standards. 

Common Core “Shifts” 
This resource describes in detail the six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA/Literacy and the six shifts to implement them in Math.

Instructional Shifts for the Common Core
This resource resource outlines the six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA/Literacy and the six shifts to implement them in Math.

Common Core State Standards Initiative Overview

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PARCC Updates

For the most updated information on what is happening with the PARCC assessments, you can download this PowerPoint entitled "PARCC ELA-December 2012."  Click here to get the audio that accompanies the PowerPoint, from the Just Read Florida December Conference Call on December 19th.  The commentary starts on slide 12.

Overview of the Common Core State Standards

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Simplifying Text Complexity

Here is a link to a video on The Teaching Channel that gives a simplified explanation of text complexity.  It is called Simplifying Text Complexity