Common Core Communication Network: Toolkits

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Field Test Communication Toolkit from Smarter Balanced

Description: Smarter Balanced developed resources to prepare for the field tests coming up in many states. The field test communications toolkit contains 15 essential resources, including sample notification letters to parents, sample materials to disperse to the media, and a sample PowerPoint presentation.

Review of System Capacity to Implement the Common Core State Standards: Diagnostic Tool for Schools, Districts, and Organizations

Description: A New Mexico group in support of the Common Core developed a tool to download to determine how prepared your school system is to transition to the Common Core.

Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Calculator

Description: A helpful tool to help you plan your technology needs for Smarter Balanced tests, the Smarter Balanced Technology Readiness Calculator estimates the number of days and associated network bandwidth required to administer English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics assessments given the number of students, number of computers, and number of hours per day computers are available for testing at a specific school.

Missouri Learning Standards & Common Core State Standards Communication Toolkit

Description: This toolkit discusses the CCSS and specific Missouri learning standards information.This resource allows education supports in MO to share information regarding the education reform taking place in their state, explain why it’s necessary, and how it will benefit the state’s students. The kit contains a letter to the community, a list of CCSS supporters, an overview of MO’s Common Core Standards, some key messages, facts and figures regarding college and career readiness, FAQ's, and some myth-busters about the Common Core.

Arizona's Common Core Standards Communication Toolkit

Description: The Arizona Public Engagement Task Force has created a toolkit of resources that are designed to help raise public awareness and garner support for Arizona’s Common Core Standards within your community. Whether you are a community leader, business, non-profit, or educator working to inform your community about Arizona education, we hope this Toolkit will be useful to you.

Bryant Public Schools Common Core Website

Description: Bryant Public Schools has put together a website to explain the Common Core to its constituents. The Arkansas school district has broken down information by grade level, information for parents, tools and templates, and professional development. This resource gives a full understanding of what the Common Core looks like in Arkansas, so communicators can accurately discuss it.

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