PPS HI recently hosted a DOE Focus Group including PPS HI parent members on the Common Core and the Smarter Balanced assessment.

Parents in the focus group and at our other events have many questions about these important changes. So here is a link to an overview on what it is and isn’t from the School Improvement Network:

Common Core Overview

Over 60 in depth articles and studies from multiple sources such as government entities, independent organizations, and peer-reviewed publications from academic journals and other outlets: Compendium of Research on the Common Core State Standards  

For a good local view of the Common Core, here is a video created by the Kailua/KalaheoComplex and shown at PTSA and school meetings. See the video about Hawaii Common Core here.