Trending Topic Research File: Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards

Trending Topic Research File

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), released in 2010 for English language arts and mathematics, have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. In recent years, AERA’s journals have examined many aspects of the Common Core, including:

Differences between CCSS and previous standards

Whether CCSS represents an improvement

Underlying assumptions of CCSS

Process of the CCSS’ adoption

The following compendium of articles, provided "toll free" here, are inclusive of all substantive AERA journal content regarding the Common Core published since 2009. This page will be updated as new articles are published.

AERA Journal Articles

Note: Articles are listed below in reverse chronological order of publication. Click here for the list by author’s last name.

How Well Aligned Are Textbooks to the Common Core Standards in Mathematics? American Educational Research Journal , December 2015
In the first analysis to investigate claims of alignment in the context of fourth-grade mathematics using tools capable of estimating the alignment of curriculum materials with the standards, results indicate areas of misalignment; including that the textbooks studied systematically overemphasize procedures and memorization relative to the standards, among other weaknesses. Authors:Morgan S. Polikoff

Organized Interests and the Common Core Educational Researcher, December 2013
Drawing on theories of political and policy learning and interviews with major participants in the diverse array of interest groups supporting the Common Core, this article examines the role these groups have played in development and implementation of CCSS. Authors:Lorraine M. McDonnell, M. Stephen Weatherford

Challenging the Research Base of the Common Core State Standards: A Historical Reanalysis of Text Complexity Educational Researcher, October 2013
Researchers find that contrary to the authors of the English Language Arts component of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – which builds a case for higher complexity in textbooks and reading materials for students by pointing to research showing a steady decline in the difficulty of student textbooks over the past 50 years – text complexity actually has either risen or stabilized over this time.
Authors:David A. Gamson, Xiaoofei Lu, Sarah Anne Eckert

Curricular Coherence and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Educational Researcher, November 2012
Exploring the relationship of the CCSS in Mathematics (CCSSM) to student achievement, these researchers found a high degree of similarity between CCSSM and standards of the highest-achieving nations on the 1995 Third International Mathematics and Science Study and that states with standards more like CCSSM have higher 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores on average.
Authors:William H. Schmidt, Richard T. Houang

Assessing the Quality of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Educational Researcher, May 2011
Commenting on “Common Core Standards: The New U.S. Intended Curriculum,” the authors whether the CCSS are an improvement over most state mathematics standards and question whether schools and districts have the capacity to support effective implementation.
Authors:Paul Cobb, Kara Jackson

Assessing the Common Core Standards: Opportunities for Improving Measures of Instruction Educational Researcher, May 2011
Responding to comments on their “Common Core Standards: The New U.S. Intended Curriculum,” the authors suggest additional perspective that should be considered when addressing quality and change, stating additional conceptualizations of mathematics and English language arts content as well as how to define and measure alignment among content standards, materials, assessments, and instruction should be explored.
Authors:Andrew Porter, Jennifer McKaken, Jun Hwang, Rui Yang