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Benchmarking Readiness Standards

SREB Reports Progress on Common Core Implementation in 15 States

Kim Anderson
Director, Benchmarking, College- and Career-Readiness Standards

Dave Spence

How and to what extent are states implementing standards?

The Southern Regional Education Board is conducting a multi-year study of how states are implementing their state college- and career-readiness standards. The Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards project builds on SREB's decades of experience tracking and reporting state progress in education. 

In March 2014, SREB published State Implementation of Common Core State Standards —a summary plus five reports with detailed state profiles by topic. Download PDF copies of the reports below.

Summary Report

Timeline and Approach to Standards and Assessments

Common Core-Aligned Teaching Resources

Professional Development

Evaluation of Teachers and Leaders


The data will be updated in a final set of reports in late 2014.

Participating states

12 SREB states plus three states outside the SREB region:
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
New York

Components of the project

1. Develop key indicators of successful implementation of the college- and career readiness standards. In 2012, SREB worked with an advisory panel of state and national experts to determine the best actions and policies to track to show how states are putting their standards into practice. What is the timeline, for example, and how is the state aligning other policies with the standards? What support is available to teachers and principals? How is the state using data, partnering with others and allocating funds to be sure the standards are successful?

2. Conduct in-depth research into the level of implementation in each of the states — including multiple interviews and detailed examination of policies, plans and practice. Researchers are collecting and analyzing extensive original, objective qualitative data.

3. Publish reports on practice, status and progress of standards implementation.
Early 2014: Benchmark reports documenting implementation in each state and patterns across all states in the study.
Late 2014: Progress reports updating data on each state and patterns across the states.

4. Convene policy-makers, educators, state education agencies and legislators to discuss each set of reports. The goals are to actively engage them with the findings and the implications for practice, policy and legislative action and to align needs for technical assistance with opportunities for collaboration among states.

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