22 Sep 2011
Wixson, K.K., 2011. Understanding the common core state standards for english language arts. Pearson Education, Inc. Retrieved on September 26, 2011 from: http://commoncore.pearsoned.com/index.cfm?locator=PS11T9
Many educators are working hard to understand what the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSS/ELA) mean for their contexts. Karen Wixson is a reading researcher and teacher educator who has worked extensively in the assessment and policy arena, including serving as a member of the advisory team for the CCSS/ELA. At TextProject, the emphasis has been on the text complexity standard (Standard 10) of the CCSS/ELA. In this document, Karen gives a clear and thoughtful overview of the critical features of the standards. Two of Karen’s powerpoint presentations on the CCSS/ELA are also available at textproject.org (ELA-CCSS: What is the Core Content?, and ELA-CCSS: Text Complexity in Upper Elementary Grades). The TextProject team thanks Pearson Education and Karen Wixson for permission to post this article.