LFA Updates

Do the standards matter? This year, is my 11th year as an educator, and I must say, the past 11 years have been quite tumultuous. In 11 years, I have seen technology completely transform classrooms and the job responsibilities of a teacher. I said goodbye to the Illinois State Standards...

The National School Boards Association and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have created an online toolkit for educators as part of a national effort to spur dialogue around the importance of embracing college- and career-ready standards for all students. The toolkit contains videos, tip sheets, sample surveys and...

Third graders across the country are proving that higher math standards contribute to significant growth. Results from 2015-2016 test scores show that third graders are making really meaningful gains in math, and the Collaborative for Student Success has put together the infographic, below, to show which states have adopted higher...

School districts are spending a lot of money and time to determine whether curricular resources are actually aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or other college- and career-ready standards (CCRS). EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit formed last year, is working with educators across the country to provide a new...

Alexandria, Va. – Sept. 22, 2016 – Educators from across the country recently joined the Learning First Alliance (LFA) for a first-of-a-kind work session to discuss implementation of college- and career-ready standards, including Common Core, in their states. The overriding message from these educators is, “Give us the tools and...

The Learning First Alliance is joining with EdReports.org and educators at the state and local level for a behind-the-scenes discussion about the importance of aligning instructional materials to college- and career-ready standards. As part of a webinar on Sept. 22, EdReports.org will show how its educator-led reviews are supporting teachers...

Professional learning is extremely important to student learning, and for students to succeed, schools must invest in the adults who teach them. Learning Forward focuses on professional learning as a vehicle for school improvement, and its Deputy Executive Director Frederick Brown brought examples of principals' strategies to help teachers guide...

Using technology in meaningful ways is as essential to today’s teaching and learning as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Stakeholders from around Baltimore County understood this urgency and prioritized graduating every student globally competitive in our Blueprint 2.0 strategic plan. Our theory of action leverages technology in two ways—through equitable access...

What's next for the college- and career-ready standards movement? Learning First Alliance Executive Director Richard M. Long discussed the pertinent issues with Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in a recent chat on social medium Blab.With the worst of the Common Core political wars behind us, the issue...

Join Learning First Alliance Executive Director Richard Long and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Michael Petrilli for a video chat about the recent past and near future of college and career ready standards. They will consider the state of Common Core, progress and continuing gaps in student outcomes across the...