For decades, the United States maintained various academic quality standards among states, resulting in wide disparities in student proficiency as measured under the No Child Left Behind Act and highlighted by National Assessment of Education Progress scores. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by more than 40 states might be the first step toward meaningful and comprehensive comparisons of student performance and achievement among states. Under these new standards, educators across the country will work under the same guidelines for what students need to know and are expected to do. Rhode Island ASCD and ASCD international are an endorsing partners of the common core initiative. The newer, higher standards will require schools and communities to better and more comprehensively support student learning if students are to meet these enhanced expectations. For the common core standards to succeed and have maximum effect, they also need to be part of the Whole Child approach to education that ensures students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. We are pleased to share numerous resources to support your understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initative and The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), adopted by Rhode Island to benchmark literacy and numeracy skills. ASCD has provided comprehensive resources and training solutions to support your understanding. These resources are housed under the EduCore website that you may access for free as an ASCD member. Visit the site now to examine the collection of videos, literacy and math teaching tools, and much more.