The District of Columbia has devoted many resources to the standards, resulting in hopes, frustrations, and the knowledge that changes are necessary.
"The district has done this more comprehensively than most places in the country," says Michael D. Casserly, the executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which analyzed the district's emerging common-core program. "DCPS is in full tilt, whole-hog."
"Mr. Casserly's report pointed out a pivotal trickle-down challenge facing the district as it puts the common core into practice: "how the reforms conceived at the central-office level are put into place in schools and classrooms." Also daunting: the "significant" amount of professional development teachers need and the "enormous gaps" in students' skills and knowledge."