Fordham Institute Recommends Best Resources for Implementing the Common Core Standards

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In a New Study, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Highlights Common Core 360 as One of the Tools for States, Districts, and Schools to Save Money as They Implement the Common Core Standards

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[Elevated cost estimates] assume 1990s-style implementation…[and] that states will do what they have always done, meaning they will not ‘rethink professional development delivery or imagine savings in this area.

There is much anticipation surrounding the Common Core Standards, and the expense of implementing the Standards is proving to be significant. Figures vary, but many experts predict that the cost per state will run well into the billions.

However, according to a study released recently by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, states that are innovative and highly strategic about establishing the Common Core will be able to cut the cost of implementation by as much as half.

“High-quality implementation need not break the bank,” say Chester E Finn, Jr. and Amber M. Winkler of the Fordham Institute. “[Elevated cost estimates] assume 1990s-style implementation…[and] that states will do what they have always done, meaning they will not ‘rethink professional development delivery or imagine savings in this area.’”

In an effort to assist state education leaders in significantly cutting Common Core implementation costs by “rethinking professional development delivery,” the study recommends a handful of the most effective online resources available. Topping the list is Common Core 360, a professional development platform by School Improvement Network that provides, as the study puts it, “on-demand video training (real teachers in classrooms teaching the CCSS) for educators implementing the Common Core. It presents a vision to teachers of why the CCSS are needed and what the CCSS offer as a transformative vehicle.”

“Online instruction may be an effective tool for providing customized professional development for individual educators,” the study continues. “Tailored approaches can greatly improve the efficiency and relevance of professional development options by filling particular gaps in knowledge. Online instruction can also save costs and headaches associated with in-person, on-site delivery (including the expense of paying for substitutes, missed instructional time, time-consuming breaks, etc.).”

And research supports Fordham Institute’s assertion. Studies have found that schools who use School Improvement Network’s online professional development tools save thousands of dollars, and experience significant increases in teacher performance and student test scores, which rise as much as 29% in a single school year.

To begin saving thousands of dollars, and receive the best Common Core training available, sign up for a free 30-day trial of Common Core 360.

To learn more about the Standards and how to crosswalk current standards and curriculum into the Common Core, be sure to attend the School Improvement Innovation Summit and the Common Core Institute, both held this summer in Salt Lake City, UT.

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based, online professional development anytime, anywhere. As the home of The Video Journal of Education, online professional development platform PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360 (a Common Core training tool for implementing the Common Core), School Improvement Network resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

About Common Core 360
Common Core 360 answers the questions that 3.4 million teachers are asking about how to make the Standards work in their classroom every day. Common Core 360 gives administrators, teachers, and instructional coaches the necessary resources and training to achieve Common Core implementation and turn state standards into measurable student achievement. The unique Common Core training, expert analysis, and real classroom examples of putting the Standards into practice will empower any educator to implement the Common Core Standards. Learn more at

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