While this site was formed to help teachers find lesson plans related to the Common Core, it is also a site for teachers to find links to lesson plans in almost every subject area.  Please remember to evaluate the site and the lesson.  Teachers should alter lessons to best meet the needs of the students in Moore County.  

The TN State Department of Education released documents to help explain the process of the Common Core in Tennessee.  They also wanted to eliminate some of the myths that were being passed as facts.  These documents are attached at the bottom of the Professional Development page.  Please review them as needed.


The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the e
xpectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.

The nation’s governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) led the development of the Common Core State Standards and continue to lead the initiative. Teachers, parents, school administrators and experts from across the country together with state leaders provided input into the development of the standards.


High standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations that are aligned to the expectations in college and careers. The standards promote equity by ensuring all students, no matter where they live, are well prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.. Unlike previous state standards, which were unique to every state in the country, the Common Core State Standards enable collaboration between states on a range of tools and policies, including: 

  • the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials aligned to the standards;
  • and the development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment systems to measure student performance annually that will replace existing state testing systems; and
  • changes needed to help support educators and schools in teaching to the new standards.

All information presented here was taken from http://www.corestandards.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions.
Another great reference with general and specific information is http://www.achievethecore.org/.

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