Transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and to PARCC

To support our state's transition to the CCSS and to the PARCC assessment, RIDE has made many resources available to our schools and districts.

This page contains recent updates, key information, and quality resources for educators and the public to support our state's education system in its transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the PARCC Assessment for ELA/literacy and mathematics.

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RI CCSS Videos

Common Core Resources


ELA/Literacy Educators     Mathematics Educators

What are the Common Core State Standards?

  • The Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
    The CCSS are available in a variety of formats on the pages below.
  • CCSSO Quick Guide to Understanding the Common Core State Standards [PDF]
    The Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) has put together a quick guide to understanding the standards. This guide provides a brief synopsis of the information presented in the introductions to the ELA and Math standards into one, easy-to-read document.
  • A Guide for Rhode Island Friends of Education [PDF]
    Key points about the CCSS and the changes taking place over the next five years. Plus, how all Rhode Islanders can support a smooth transition.
  • Myths vs. Facts about the CCSS [PDF]
    Document provides the facts that counter common misconceptions of the CCSS.
  • FAQs About CCSS and Implementation in RI [PDF]
    Timeline articulates the expectations of RIDE and Local Education Agencies over the next several years with the implementation of the CCSS and the transition to the PARCC assessment.
  • CCSS & PARCC Statewide Transition Timeline [PDF]
    Timeline articulates the expectations of RIDE and Local Education Agencies over the next several years with the implementation of the CCSS and the transition to the PARCC assessment.
  • Grade Level Transition Timeline [PDF]
    Timeline illustrates a students’ perspective (standards and assessment) through the CCSS and PARCC transition period. Timeline illustrates potential student experiences with instruction and assessment while transitioning from the GLE/GSEs and NECAP to the CCSS and PARCC.
  • LEA CCSS Transition Benchmarks [PDF]

Introduction to the CCSS

  • Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards: This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. (Council of the Great City Schools)
  • Power Point [PPT]
    PowerPoint provides an overview of the Common Core State Standards, brief overview of the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics standards, and Rhode Island’s transition timeline and resources.
  • ELA CCSS Graphic [PDF]
    Graphic provides a visual representation of the components and the structure of the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.
  • ELA CCSS vs. GLE/GSE Overview [PDF]
    Document strives to provide a general overview of some of the major differences between the GLE/GSEs and the CCSS for Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Language. Particular attention is devoted to new features in the CCSS and major shifts in focus and/or rigor across grade spans.
  • Mathematics CCSS Graphic [PDF]
    Graphic provides a visual representation of the components and the structure of the CCSS for Mathematics highlighting the interconnected nature of the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Content Standards.
  • Mathematics CCSS vs. GLE/GSE Overview [PDF]
    Document strives to provide a general overview of some of the major differences between the GLE/GSEs and the CCSS for Mathematics. Particular attention is devoted to new features in the CCSS and major shifts in focus and/or rigor across grade spans.
  • Cracking the Code: How to Read the CCSS
    • Power Point [PPT]
      PowerPoint illustrates how to decode (read) a Common Core State Standard including the design and organization for both ELA and Mathematics.
    • PowerPoint Narration
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  • David Coleman's Visit to Rhode Island
  • Hunt Institute Video Vignettes [PDF]
    Videos feature the Lead Writers of the Common Core State Standards providing insight and a deeper understanding of the standards in Mathematics, English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.
    • ELA/Literacy Vignettes
      Document provides highlights of each vignette, length (time), and identifies the target audience.
    • Mathematics Vignettes
      Document provides highlights of each vignette, length (time), and identifies the target audience.

Common Core implementation in Rhode Island

Resources for administrators

Resources for families

Resources for business / community members

Resources for higher education

What is PARCC?

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 22 states that are working together through a Race to the Top assessment grant to develop a K-12 assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  Rhode Island is one of 18 governing states in the PARCC and plays an important role in the assessment's development.

Rhode Island's current statewide assessment - the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) - in mathematics, reading, and writing will continue to be implemented for the 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014 school years. The new statewide assessment (PARCC) will be implemented starting in the 2014-2015 school year. Please note that the Science GSEs are still in effect and that the Science NECAP will take place as scheduled. For more information on NECAP in general, please review our NECAP Assessment information.

PARCC preparation in Rhode Island

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