Great story that really hits home on the Common Core by Liz Bowie in the Baltimore Sun "School Year Starts with New Curriculum" (the title is actually a little misleading as common core is not a curriculum but we will let it slide). Maryland is on of our great PARCC Educator Leader Cadre states.
The money quotes -
"We are pushing rigor ... earlier than we ever have before," said Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery.
And I love this part on how a teacher is changing her practice - not recreating an entirely new curriculum but really going implementing close reading using some of her existing texts!