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Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 23 2015 Jun 23, 2015 June 23, 2015 11:45 AM June 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Carolyn Thompson

It's been five years since the Common Core learning standards began to take hold, but many teachers say they still lack the resources they need to teach them.

A recent report from the Thomas Fordham Institute calls the need for standards-aligned curricula the most cited implementation challenge for states, districts and schools.

Publishing industry executives say some publishers produced materials more quickly than others, but other factors have been at play. Most significant are the lingering effects of the recession, which left many districts without money to replace textbooks published before the new standards took hold.

In the meantime, the so-called OER movement - short for open educational resources - continues to make gains, with anyone from teachers to states making curriculums available for free or for sale online.

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