After learning that some very popular home school curricula have aligned their programs with Common Core, I decided to do some research. I have a list of some of the curriculum companies and their current CCSS status (below).
Please read my post before you look at the list.
Some of the companies who are changing their public school curriculum to align are doing so because they feel that they must provide CCSS aligned, high-quality materials that have Christ as their foundation. Otherwise, textbooks that teach secular philosophy will be all that is available for those in states and schools that are required to adhere to CCSS.
Having curricula that meet (or exceed) Common Core standards is not the same as re-writing to align a program with Common Core. And having elements of Common Core in a program does not necessarily make it bad.
What is most important in choosing any study materials is that you are aware of what your child is learning.
While we are on the topic of curricula: Many people come into home schooling thinking that they must have a completely planned curriculum and follow it exclusively. Not so. You have much more flexibility to address the needs and interests of individual children if you are willing be creative. While there are benefits to having a standard curriculum for the basics, it’s okay to create your own by picking and choosing materials from any source that suits your needs. Don’t get stuck in a box. Be flexible. Embrace your instincts. And actively choose to be your child’s guide.
Here is what I have found, so far:
If your favorite curriculum is not listed here check the link at the bottom of this article and/or check the company website for any mention of Common Core. That will give you an idea of their understanding of and philosophy on CC. Then call them and ask what their plans are for their home school curriculum.
Common Core-Aligned (notations explain what the link does not):
BJU Press (Jennifer from BJU states in the comment thread below that they are not actually aligned but are pointing out where they are aligned. That was not my initial understanding and I have not yet re-verified with the company.)
BYU Independent Study (BYU apparently has two sets of curriculum now, one aligned and one not aligned.)
Math Mammoth (Blue and Green)
MathUSee (Please also see posts in the comment thread about MUS. Their website is heavily pro-CC, but the changes seem to be minor according to MUS and people who use the books and have ordered their new editions.)
Right Start Math (Second edition is aligned as a basic minimum and almost always exceeds these benchmarks; you may purchase their first edition indefinitely and it is not aligned.)
Acknowledging where they align with CC, but not necessarily changing to align:
Critical Thinking Press (They look at a wide range of standards in drafting materials, but exceed all of them and are not writing to accommodate CC.)
Easy Grammar (Dr. Phillips believes that CC standards are much too low.)
Excellence in Writing (See very long, but very interesting, response from IEW in the comments thread.)
Khan Academy (Khan Academy is funded by some of the same people who fund and promote Common Core, but the videos are pre-CC and not likely to be re-made to align with CC. )
Singapore Math (Singapore is creating a CC line, but retaining their other lines. Please see statement in comment thread from Jeffrey Thomas, President and Co-Founder of Singapore Math.)
Currently Not Aligned with Common Core:
Alpha Omega (Emily Dorr, Lead of Homeschool Sales for Alpha Omega, contacted me recently to let me know that, although my original assessment was accurate, over the past two years, AO has had some policy and staffing changes. As a result of these changes, they never aligned with CC. And they never intend to do so.)
Cornerstone Curriculum (Please see statement from Cornerstone Curriculum in comment thread.)
Shurley English (Home school edition is not changing at this time.)
This is not an exhaustive list. I am adding to it as I find more information. Please feel free to give input.
Several others have taken my list and added to it. You can find their work here, here and here. Thanks to those who worked on these lists and to all the others who have helped to add to my little project.
If you are using one of the programs that has aligned with Common Core I encourage you to write to or call the publisher and let them know how you feel about it.