Common Core and Authorizing

Transition to the Common Core

Supporting Authorizers along the way

Few changes will have a greater impact on public education in the United States over the next decade than the development, implementation, and assessment of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In every state where the standards are adopted, students, educators, schools, districts, and state departments of education experience the impact on almost every aspect of their work.

The transition to Common Core poses particular challenges for the nation’s charter school sector. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) is committed to helping authorizers effectively manage these challenges as their states move forward with implementation of the Common Core. To support authorizers in this transition, NACSA has created the following resources:

  • Issue Brief. An Introduction to the Common Core, the accompanying new assessments, and an overview of the challenges that authorizers will face in maintaining strong accountability.
  • Assessment Quick Reference. A tool to assess the preparedness of schools for assessment.
  • Transition Timeline. A schedule marking important milestones to ensure accountability standards are continuously met.

NACSA's Common Core Experts

Amanda Fenton

Federal Policy Consultant

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Private: Nelson Smith 

Senior Advisor 

Nelson Smith is Senior Advisor to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. He served as the first President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

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