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23 Apr 2013

Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards

White Paper

International Reading Association Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Committee. (2012). Literacy implementation guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards [White paper]. Retrieved from http://www.reading.org/Libraries/association-documents/ira_ccss_guidelines.pdf


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have the potential to ensure that every child in the United States is prepared for college and careers. It is a worthy goal and one that we must work together to achieve. However, information, policies, and products aimed at helping educators to implement the ELA Common Core State Standards are being produced rapidly, sometimes with conflicting messages about literacy practices. This can be a confusing situation for school leaders and classroom teachers as they seek to understand the Standards and the best practices for literacy instruction and assessment. It is state and local leaders and teachers themselves who, ultimately, must make the Standards into an effective instructional reality—what happens day to day in classrooms determines student ELA learning.

The International Reading Association is providing this document to address specific literacy issues related to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. It focuses on issues that have proven to be especially confusing or challenging to implement. This implementation guidance from IRA represents a consensus of the thinking of literacy leaders in the field who support thoughtful implementation of the Standards for student literacy achievement. The intent is to support state and local leaders, teachers, university faculty, publishers, and planners and facilitators of professional development as they implement the ELA Common Core State Standards.

Presentation given at the International Reading Association on April 20, 2013 as part of the IRA CCSS committee's presentation on their guidance paper.