Catholic school superintendents' perspectives on the Common Core State Standards

Thomas S Fitzmaurice, Fordham University


The purpose of this qualitative multiple case study was to analyze the decisions made by Catholic school superintendents regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their dioceses. The study was set within the historical context of the relationship of Catholic education with federal and state governments in the last 50 years. The data collection consisted of interviews with the superintendents and the associates in charge of curriculum as well as published information by each (arch)diocese. The conceptual framework of the study was institutional isomorphism, which was used to analyze Catholic school leaders’ decisions regarding curriculum choice in concert with receiving federal and state income. The findings revealed seven themes: (a) Implementation of CCSS was an individual decision; (b) CCSS marketing was essential; (c) The CCSS were not introduced properly; (d) The CCSS did not raise the bar for Catholic schools; (e) Public funding provided incentive for implementation; (f) Concern for Catholic identity; (g) Collaboration among dioceses was beneficial.

Subject Area

School administration|Education history|Religious education

Recommended Citation

Fitzmaurice, Thomas S, "Catholic school superintendents' perspectives on the Common Core State Standards" (2016). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10146975.