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AL College and Career-Ready Standards (Common Core)
The Alabama State Board of Education approved the adoption of the internationally benchmarked Common Core State Standards along with selected Alabama standards in November 2010.
This website was created to help Alabama educators better understand the standards as well as provide high-quality resources and instructional materials to implement the CCRS. By also providing the Alabama Insight online curriculum tool to each district in Alabama, educators can explore and map the standards.
Below you will find some of the MANY websites to help with the scholarly and data-driven background for planning, assessment, and ideas for the classroom.
Alabama Commission on Higher Education
The Alabama Commission on Higher Education, a statewide 12-member lay board...is the state agency responsible for the overall statewide planning and coordination of higher education in Alabama...the Commission facilitates informed decision making and policy formulation regarding wise stewardship of resources in response to the needs of students and the goals of institutions. The agency also provides a state-level framework for institutions to respond cooperatively and individually to the needs of the citizens of the State.
Alabama State Department of Education
State departments and boards of education are generally responsible for supporting public early childhood, K-12 secondary, higher education, technical and community educational institutions. Usually they:
•Manage state and federal grant funds
•Maintain educational standards through uniform testing and professional certification
•Coordinate statewide planning
•Promote excellence in education
Education and the Arts
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis.
National Center for Educational Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics is the "primary federal entity collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in United States and other nations."
P-12 Education | mdrc
MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. MDRC designs promising new interventions, evaluates existing programs using the highest research standards, and provides technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale.
U.S. Department of Education
The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Evaluating Websites is an important part of finding reliable information. Anyone can create a website so it is important to evaluate the site for reliability. Websites should meet the following criteria to be considered scholarly:
Accuracy: The site contains accurate information
Authority: The site author or organization is a recognized leader or expert in their field.
Currency: The site is current and regularly updated.
Objectivity: The site provides unbiased and objective information.
Coverage: The site adequately covers their topic and maintains comprehensive focus.
Check out our tutorial on the Research Help page for more help on evaluating resources!