Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CRPE Launches Project on New High School Designs to Meet Common Core State Standards

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has received a grant for $860,900 from Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of the foundation’s Opportunity By Design initiative. Working with Springpoint: Partners in School Design, CRPE will help identify and support districts ready to design new high schools that are prepared to meet Common Core State Standards using Carnegie Corporation’s “10 Secondary School Design Principles.”

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted by 45 states and three territories and are scheduled for implementation in 2013. The standards are expected to focus educators on a more rigorous and consistent framework, ensuring that students are exposed to the subject matter and skills that will prepare them for higher education and rewarding work.

But for these standards to impact student achievement, states and districts must accompany their adoption with complementary changes in policy and investments in capacity. To help promote successful implementation of the standards, the Corporation has seeded the launch of Springpoint, which will work with districts to:

  • Launch new school design teams that will participate in a collaborative school design process;
  • Design and open a portfolio of new high schools that integrate the Carnegie design elements; and
  • Build capacity in districts to help them do this work in the longer term.

Led by Director Robin Lake and senior research analysts Sarah Yatsko and Christine Campbell, CRPE will apply its extensive experience in system redesign to help identify and then vet districts capable of developing new high school design models that will ensure all students reach the CCSS through personalized instruction and cutting-edge educational technology. After district grantees are selected, CRPE will provide support to address barriers that might interfere with the initiative’s success. CRPE will also conduct cross-site case studies on participating districts and share out common implementation problems and solutions.

Annual progress reports and briefs on such topics as the capacities districts need to create and sustain schools ready to deliver on CCSS will be available beginning fall 2013 at crpe.org.

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