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Chapter 7: Implementation and Accountability
“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”
In the first six chapters, we hope to have shown what a major systemic undertaking it is to transform a district's curriculum to reflect the Common Core standards in Math and English Language Arts, state content standards in Science and Social Studies, and the 21st century skills. But we also hope to have made it equally clear that the task is an unprecedented opportunity to restore integrity and rigor to the instructional program. In fact, claims Common Core researcher Tim Shanahan (2012), to think the standards impossible to implement is “an urban myth.” We see it as a chance to replace outmoded ...