This list contains a notation for every homeschool-related entity I have researched. Company and/or product names are shown according to the standard process for alphabetizing (i.e., if a title starts with A or The, the article is excluded for alphabetizing purposes, and names of individual people are listed by Last Name, First Name).
I strongly recommend carefully reading all notes when considering any of the products. But to summarize my definitions for clarity here:
Independent (IND) = These companies have not changed anything in regards to the CCS/NGSS/C3 and intend to remain independent of the initiative. They may or may not know of ways in which their materials happen to somehow match some aspects of the CCS/NGSS/C3, but any such connections are purely circumstantial and the providers do not endorse/promote the initiative.
Correlated (COR) = Each of these companies is correlated to - which is different than explicit alignment with - the CCS/NGSS/C3. Correlated providers did not make content changes in order to become "aligned" and, in many cases, have indicated concerns with the initiative. However, they do note (usually on their websites) where/how their materials - as written - correlate with aspects of the CCS/NGSS/C3. In other words, they promote where/how they match the CCS/NGSS/C3, but have not actually changed their content to align.
Ancillary Connections (ANC) = Each of these companies has an ancillary connection to the CCS/NGSS/C3. In most cases, the publishers have indicated a preference for maintaining educational independence from the CCS/NGSS/C3 initiative. However, their resources - usually "package programs" - do incorporate some books from explicitly aligned publishers and/or links to explicitly aligned material from other sources. Thus, a child using a resource with an ancillary connection as designed (i.e., without purposeful substitutions made by a parent) will be exposed to some CCS/NGSS/C3 content.
Explicitly Aligned (EXP) = These companies have indicated that they have chosen to explicitly align their materials with the CCS/NGSS/C3. Some have made relatively small changes, and others have completely overhauled their products - or were even initially created based on the initiative. However, in all cases, conscious content changes were made to accommodate the CCS/NGSS/C3.
Other Responses (OTH) = Each of these companies either needs more time to formulate an official response, has indicated that it will only share its position with individual parents, is not interested in sharing its view at all, or did not respond after many attempts to elicit a reply. Check the list itself for details about each entity.
Awaiting a Response (WAIT) = Each of these companies has been queried, but has not yet sent a reply.
Suppliers/Distributors (SUP) = Unless otherwise noted, these companies do not publish any of their own materials or actually produce curriculum and educational products. Instead, they merely sell resources from a wide variety of other outlets, serving as suppliers/distributors. As such, they have not been queried in regard to the CCS/NGSS/C3. And to my knowledge, they all sell a wide variety of materials – whether independent, correlated, ancillarily connected, or explicitly aligned – without regard to any resource's CCS/NGSS/C3 status.
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|Walch Education (Power Basics)||EXP||Walch advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
|Walden Media||COR||Walden Media is producing teaching resources correlated to the CCS.|
|Walter Foster Publishing||IND||As of now, Walter Foster has no plans to incorporate the CCS into its material. It's possible – though not currently under consideration – that the company may use CCS-related work going forward, as it does “publish [its] books using the best content available and [is] happy to work with educators across the board to define how [its] books can be used to supplement and enrich a curriculum.”|
|Ward's Science||EXP||Ward's Science advertises its alignment with NGSS.|
|Warfare by Duct Tape||IND|
|WatchKnowLearn||EXP||WatchKnowLearn provides a resource – under the Common Core and Classrooms categories on its home page - for teachers seeking videos to support particular aspects of the CCS. It does say it provides non-aligned video resources through the Directory portion of its home page, but the content reached through the Directory appears to be the same as that which is accessed through the Common Core and Classrooms categories.|
|Watch My Words||IND|
|Way to Happiness, The||IND||As of December 2014, The Way to Happiness was “looking into” ways to align its materials to the CCS, but it is currently independent of the initiative.|
|We All Can Read||IND|
|Weather Wiz Kids||IND|
|Weaver (Alpha-Omega)||IND||Alpha-Omega has purposed to avoid using any CCS-related resources when making any revisions to any of its product lines, including Weaver.|
|WebMath (Discovery Education)||EXP||WebMath is a subsidiary of Discovery Education, which advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
|Webster's Academy for Excellence in Writing||COR||Webster's Academy utilizes Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) materials and agrees with the IEW position on the CCS. IEW is correlated to the CCS, which means that Webster's Academy materials are also correlated.|
|We Choose Virtues||IND||We Choose Virtues may choose to show correlations to the CCS in a product line marketed to public schools, but it has not done so at this time.|
|Wee Bee World||IND||Wee Bee World may correlate its content to the CCS at some point but has no immediate plans to do so.|
|Wee Folk Art||IND||
Wee Folk Art's “Simple Seasons schedules an optional alphabet and phonics introduction into the program,” recommending the use of “the Explode the Code series books A, B, and C as a starting point.” Explode the Code is correlated to the CCS, but users can substitute a different program if desired to avoid CCS connections.
|Wee Sing||COR||Wee Sing advertises that it “prepares early learners in many ways that aid in implementing Common Core Standards.”|
|We Give Books (Pearson)||EXP||We Give Books is a Pearson entity; Pearson is a proponent of the CCS.|
|Weider History Group Publications
America's Civil War
Civil War Times
Military History Quarterly
World War II
|Well-Trained Mind, The||IND||Though Susan Wise Bauer's own educational materials are not aligned, she recommends resources from a wide variety of publishers in The Well-Trained Mind (TWTM). The CCS did not exist when TWTM was first published, and the book's latest edition came out in 2009 (just prior to the introduction of the CCS), but some of the providers mentioned in the book may have since chosen to align. Thus, readers seeking non-aligned resources should check out the CCS position of the entities discussed in TWTM.|
|Well-Trained Mind Academy||ANC||
Many resources used with Well-Trained Mind Academy are independent of the CCS. However, the program does incorporate some required texts from aligned companies (i.e., Pearson, Longman, Prentice-Hall). In most cases, the Academy currently uses pre-CCS editions (i.e., books published prior to 2010). However, a chemistry book and a middle school composition book published by aligned companies have post-2010 copyright dates.
|Wesleyan Publishing House||IND||
Wesleyan Publishing House “partners with David C. Cook for our children’s curriculum.” David C. Cook's material is independent of the CCS.
|Western Christian Academy||IND||Western Christian Academy uses Alpha-Omega product lines for all of its courses.|
|We the People Fight Tyranny Game||IND|
|What Do We Do All Day?||IND|
|What's in the Bible?||IND|
|What So Proudly We Hail||COR||What So Proudly We Hail advertises “the connection this curriculum has with the new Common Core State Standards,” indicating that “the headnotes, conversation excerpts, and...guiding questions that accompany each of the texts in [the] curriculum” match reading and analysis techniques advocated in the CCS. That said, the company has no plans to actually alter its content for the CCS.|
|White Mountain Puzzles||IND|
|Whooo's Reading (Learn2Earn)||EXP||Whooo's Reading advertises that it has “CCSS-aligned comprehension questions.”|
|Who Says You Can't Memorize? (Lord's Press)||IND|
(Teacher's Professional Resource)
|COR||Who's Counting advertises its correlations with the CCS.|
|Wiebe-Carlson||COR||Wiebe-Carlson advertises its products that support the CCS.|
|Wiley (Jossey-Bass)||EXP||Wiley advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
|Williamsburg Academy||COR||Course content at Williamsburg Academy has not been changed, but the program has been correlated to the CCS because the Academy has partnered with a Nevada charter school that required it of them.|
|Williamsburg Educational Programs||COR||In response to my query, I was told that “Colonial Williamsburg is dedicated to teaching accurate high quality history and civics lessons. You are welcome to review our offerings and draw your own conclusions with respect to your questions.” Thus, I did review the WEP offerings and determined that, while it does not appear that the programs have actually been changed to align with the CCS, correlation is clear.|
|Williams-Sonoma Kids' Culinary Classes||IND|
|WiloStar3D||IND||WiloStar3D is aligned to pre-CCS Florida state standards, not the CCS, and has chosen after careful study to remain as such. Though it does primarily recommend Teaching Textbooks (non-aligned) for math, it may suggest other math programs at parent request. Those wanting to avoid the CCS should confirm the CCS status of the recommendations before proceeding.|
|Wilson Daily Prep||EXP|
|Wilson Fundations||EXP||Wilson Fundations advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
|Wilson Hill Academy||IND
|Some regular classes offered by Wilson Hill Academy do not include any aligned books, but others utilize both correlated (i.e., Jane Schaffer Writing Program) and explicitly aligned (i.e., Math in Focus, secondary-level Singapore Math) resources. Additionally, the academy offers a number of AP courses, and while those are not directly covered by the CCS because they are the equivalent of freshmen-level college courses, it's worth noting that all AP courses must be approved by the College Board and that the College Board is in the process of changing AP courses and tests to “reconcile” AP with the CCS. In order to maintain College Board approval, Wilson Hill Academy AP classes will have to make related changes as well.|
|Windy City Stories (Trailblazer Books)||IND|
|Wings to Soar Online Academy||ANC||Wings to Soar aims to use what it considers to be “quality curricular materials...to customize learning options for those using [its] online school” and acknowledges that many – but not all – of its resources are explicitly aligned to the CCS.|
|Winning with Writing
(Jac Kris Publishing)
|Winsor Learning (The Sonday System)||COR||Winsor Learning advertises its correlation with the CCS.|
|Wit & Wisdom (Great Minds)||EXP||Wit & Wisdom was created for the CCS and – under the auspices of its parent company, Common Core Inc. - received grant money from the Gates Foundation for the purpose of aligning.|
|WOLFe PACK, The||IND|
|WolframAlpha||IND||Though Wolfram Programming Lab is both independent of and explicitly aligned to the CCS – see note below – WolframAlpha, as a research tool, has no content connection to the CCS.|
|Wolfram Programming Lab||IND
|Wolfram Programming Lab's content is rather “open source” - i.e., it is written by any of the site's users. As such, it includes a fair amount of material that has been written specifically to the CCS, and Wolfram has also partnered with CK-12, which is explicitly aligned to the CCS. However, some content is independent of the CCS, and one may access the latter without reference to the former.|
|WonderMaps (Bright Ideas Press)||IND|
|Wonderopolis||EXP||Wonderopolis advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
Wonder Workshop advertises that it has “comprehensive lesson plans aligned to Common Core and NGSS standards.”
Wondrous Worksheets has stated that it is not interested in sharing its position, either with me or with other individual parents.
|Woodland Indian Educational Programs||OTH||Woodland Indian Educational Programs was contacted multiple times over the course of several months and did not respond to any query. I cannot speculate as to why it's chosen not to reply, and I have no discernible way of knowing its overall position on the CCS/NGSS.|
|Woodside Learning Center||IND ANC||Woodside Learning Center is not interested in making any content changes for the CCS and is, therefore, almost entirely independent of it. However, it has an optional AP track for a history course. And, though AP is not directly covered by the CCS because it is the equivalent of freshmen-level college courses, it's worth noting that all AP classes must be approved by the College Board and that the College Board is in the process of changing AP courses and tests to “reconcile” AP with the CCS. In order to maintain College Board approval, Woodside's AP option may have to make related changes as well.|
|Woozzle Games||OTH||Woozzle Games was contacted multiple times - at least seven over the course of several months – and did not respond to any query. I cannot speculate as to why it has chosen not to reply, and I have no discernible way of knowing its position on the CCS/NGSS.|
|Word Central (Merriam-Webster)||ANC||Because Word Central uses a technique called “reading and marking” - whereby “accumulated evidence...for English as it is used in books, magazines, newspapers, and so on” is collected as the site's editors “read and mark a wide variety of classroom materials, from popular textbooks to a large selection of classic and modern children's literature,” it's probable that it has ancillary connections to the CCS (i.e., through inclusion of CCS key words in the textbooks that are analyzed) especially because all mainstream textbook publishers have aligned.|
|Word Game Time||EXP|
|COR||WordlyWise 3000 advertises its correlation to the CCS.|
|Wordly Wise Science & Social Studies (EPS/School Specialty)||COR||Wordly Wise Science & Social Studies advertises its correlation to the CCS.|
|Word Monsters, The (MindConnex)||EXP||The Word Monsters advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
(The New Book Press)
|WordSmart||COR||WordSmart advertises that it helps students to “meet the new common core standards.”|
|Wordsmiths (Frode Jensen)||IND|
|WordUp! The Vocab Show
|Word Web Vocabulary
(Sage Education Enterprises)
|Wordy Qwerty (Talking Fingers)||COR||Wordy Qwerty shows how its material correlates to the CCS.|
|Workman Publishing||EXP||Workman Publishing advertises that “all [its] content aligns with national Common Core State Standards.”|
|Worksheet Genius||IND||Worksheet Genius is designed around the UK National Curriculum.|
|Worksheetplace.com||IND||Worksheetplace.com content has not been altered for the CCS, and the site does not advertise correlations even though the author acknowledges that many of the worksheets do fit the CCS framework.|
|Worksheet Universe||COR||Worksheet Universe shows how many of its sheets match the CCS.|
|WorksheetWorks.com||OTH||WorksheetWorks.com was contacted multiple times - at least seven over the course of several months – and did not respond to any query. I cannot speculate as to why it has chosen not to reply, and I have no discernible way of knowing its position on the CCS/NGSS.|
|Works People, The||IND|
|World and I Kids||EXP|
|World Atlas||IND||World Atlas may consider the CCS at some point but has no immediate plans to do so.|
|World Book||EXP||World Book – for both its print and digital versions – advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
|World History Institute||IND|
|Worldview Matters (Ablaze Publications)||IND|
|Worldview Weekend||IND||Worldview Weekend links extensively to anti-CCS information.|
|Wow Writing Workshop||IND|
|Wowzers||EXP||Wowzers is endorsed by Bill Gates' EdSurge website as aligned with the CCS and also advertises its alignment.|
|Wright on Time||IND|
|Write at Home||IND|
|Write Bonnie Rose||IND|
|Write Bright||EXP||The Write Bright website details its alignment to the CCS.|
|Write for Success Today||IND|
|Write Foundation, The||IND|
|Write from History (Brookdale House)||IND|
|Write from the Heart||IND ANC||Write from the Heart offers an AP English course. Though not directly covered by the CCS because it is the equivalent of freshmen-level college courses, it's worth noting that all AP classes must be approved by the College Board and that the College Board is in the process of changing AP courses and tests to “reconcile” AP with the CCS. In order to maintain College Board approval, the AP class offered by Write for the Heart may have to make related changes as well.
It is worth noting, though, that Write from the Heart has always placed parental authority and biblical standards above AP literature suggestions; thus, it's possible that the program's author may also seek ways to work around any CCS-related AP course content changes. And non- AP Write from the Heart material is independent of the initiative.
|Write Minded Education||IND||Write Minded Education may choose at some point to demonstrate correlations to the CCS but has no immediate plans to do so in a formal way.|
|Write Source (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)||EXP|
|Write Stuff Adventure
(Great Expectations Book Co.)
|Write through the Bible||IND|
|WriteWell||EXP||WriteWell advertises – on its home page – that it teaches “Common Core Essays” and “Common Core Writing.”|
|Write with WORLD||IND|
|Writing and Spelling Road to Reading and Thinking (The Riggs Institute)||IND|
|Writing for Today (Frontier 2000 Media)||IND|
|Writing to God's Glory (Jill Bond)||OTH||
Writing to God's Glory was contacted multiple times over the course of several months and did not respond to any query. I cannot speculate as to why it has chosen not to reply, and I have no discernible way of knowing its position on the CCS/NGSS/C3. I welcome any response it may choose to provide at some point in the future. However, I believe I've given ample opportunity for each to respond and will not be sending additional queries.
|Writing with Ease (Peace Hill Press)||IND|
|Writing with Kris||IND||Writing with Kris has “not incorporated Common Core Standards per se into [her] teaching materials. Of course...CCS [may be] woven throughout the material that [she teaches], but [she has] not taken the time, nor [does she] plan to take the time, to identify how specifically.”|
|Writing with Sharon Watson||IND|
|Wubbzy||EXP||Wubbzy was created by Cupcake Digital, which advertises its alignment with the CCS.|
|W.W. Norton||ANC||W.W. Norton offers materials used in AP courses, which are not directly covered by the CCS because they are the equivalent of freshmen-level college courses. However, it's worth noting that the College Board is in the process of changing AP courses and tests to “reconcile” AP with the CCS. Thus, because W.W. Norton “look[s] to the College Board standards,” its materials will reflect CCS expectations in AP courses.|