Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.


Fresno County Office of Education Common Core Website

Get updates on upcoming conferences along with implementation support for Common Core State Standards.

One of the big questions currently being asked by educators is to see sample items from SMARTER Balanced. Chose the link "Common Core Resources" on the far right to see all the SBAC sample items for mathematics currently available in one PDF per grade level.

Arts and the Mind

Check out this wonderful PBS program available to view free online.

Music Education--Not as expensive as we thought!



ArtsEdSearch is a first-of-its-kind clearinghouse of arts education research.

Childhood Music Helps Adult Brain

A Little Music Training Goes a Long Way: Practicing Music for Only Few Years in Childhood Helps Improve Adult Brain

ScienceDaily (Aug. 21, 2012) — A little music training in childhood goes a long way in improving how the brain functions in adulthood when it comes to listening and the complex processing of sound, according to a new Northwestern University study.

Click link to read article.


Incredible New Arts Education Resource!

Looking for Arts Education research to support grant applications, speeches or papers? Here is a great new resource to supplement what you find on!

Arts Education Partnership Launches - Nation’s First Research Portal to Strengthen Case for Arts Education in America’s Schools
(Washington, DC)


Study Reveals Global Creativity Gap

New research reveals a global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies, according to the Adobe® (Nasdaq:ADBE) State of Create global benchmark study. The research shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two-thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority – only 1 in 4 people – believe they are living up to their own creative potential.

Publication Date: 
Spring 2012

New Federal Program to Study Arts Impact at Low-performing Schools

In its effort to transform ­the nation’s worst-performing schools, the Obama administration is launching an unusual experiment to pump up arts education in eight struggling schools, including one in the District.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, working with the Education Department, will announce a plan Monday to infuse art, music, dance, theater and other forms of creative expression into the schools over a two-year period.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

This report examines the academic and civic behavior outcomes of teenagers and young adults who
have engaged deeply with the arts in or out of school. In several small-group studies, children and teenagers who participated in arts education programs have shown more positive academic and social outcomes in comparison to students who did not participate in those programs. Such studies have proved essential to the current research literature on the types of instrumental benefits associated with an arts education.

National Endowment for the Arts
Publication Date: 
April, 2012
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