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For each issue, TPS partners submit summaries of and links to online resources—articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers—that provide research and current thinking relating to the theme. This issue's Research & Current Thinking focuses on helping teachers use primary sources to help students meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Articles and Research: Common Core State Standards
This page of the non-profit James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy’s website offers links to articles and videos on the topic of the CCSS.

The Common Core: Literacy in History
This issue of The Source, a publication from the California History-Social Science Project, includes several articles on the CCSS, including: “Reading the Common Core Standards,” “Together, Toward the Common Core in History-Social Science” and “The Common Core for History – No Fear!”

Common Core State Standards Implementation Tools and Resources
This blog post from The Essential Educator, the online version of the Utah Special Educator Journal, provides a list of quality tools and resources available to states and educators as they implement the CCSS.

Common Core State Standards Initiative
The main website for the CCSS Initiative provides complete lists of the Common Core State Standards, information about the standards and the adoption process/timeline, as well as links to various other related resources.

Disciplinary Literacy in the Social Studies
This resource, an online Prezi presentation from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, addresses implementing the CCSS for literacy in all subject areas.

History and the Social Studies: At the Core of Common Core
This white paper written by the Maryland Council for the Social Studies gives a succinct and interesting explanation of the importance of social studies in CCSS discussions.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
PARCC, one of two state-led consortia developing CCSS-aligned assessments, provides CCSS-related information and resources, including Model Content Frameworks for ELA/Literacy (2011). See also Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

P21 Common Core Toolkit
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills published this guide to help state- and district-level educators align the CCSS with the Framework for 21st Century Skills. It includes lesson starters in addition to resources.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
This website provides information about and resources from one of two state-led consortia developing assessments aligned to the CCSS. See also Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Trickle or Tsunami?: Getting Involved with the Common Core Standards
In this blog post, Daisy Martin, Director of History Education at, offers advice on interpreting the standards and the connection between history and literacy, and urges social studies teachers to get involved in state and local efforts to understand and use the CCSS materials.

What Do the Common Core State Standards Mean for History Teaching and Learning?
This webpage from the National History Education Clearinghouse includes statements from educator experts voicing their opinions regarding the impact of the CCSS on history education.