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ISTE Position Statement on the Common Core State Standards

ISTE believes digital learning plays a central and substantive role in ensuring all students graduate college and career ready. Technology, used effectively, can help all students meet and exceed the rigorous learning goals embedded in the Common Core State Standards by providing access to tools and resources that personalize instruction and creating rich, engaging and relevant learning environments.

As U.S. states and school districts implement the new Common Core State Standards, they have an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate and share best practices across geographic borders to ensure their students attain these new rigorous learning goals. With the advent of the 2014–2015 Common Core Online Assessments it is imperative that students’ learning takes place in a robust digital learning environment in order for them to be successful on these new higher-order thinking assessments. Schools will have to make significant investments in infrastructure and hardware which will provide an extraordinary opportunity for extending and leveraging the use of technology to transform teaching and learning.

ISTE’s Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age set the standard for excellence and best practices. The ISTE Standards help educators build a firm foundation for teaching with technology and further the development of many of the same 21st century skills set forth by the Common Core State Standards, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration skills. In addition, the ISTE Standards focus on the development of the digital skills that are requisite for success in workplace. Rather than being a set of content standards requiring stand-alone learning activities, the ISTE Standards include knowledge and skills that span the curriculum providing a firm foundation for the effective use of technology in any content area and, particularly, in support of the Common Core.

As the premier association for educators engaged in leveraging technology to improve teaching and learning, ISTE is poised to provide the professional development, resources and advocacy needed to support district leaders, principals and teachers as they infuse technology across the curriculum to increase student engagement, personalize learning, improve student achievement and, ultimately, help students master the Common Core State Standards. ISTE is committed to serving as a clearinghouse for the resources, tools and support that school leaders need to realize the synergy between the Common Core and the ISTE Standards, and to continuing to develop the practical resources that states, districts, schools and teachers need to make effective use of technology to improve student achievement.