I love Standardized Tests! Said no teacher ever. This is so true! Although I believe that you must teach what's on standardized test you should make it a point that what you are teaching is important. As a teacher, you should make the content you are teaching relatable to your students' lives.
Everything you need to know about Common Core — Ravitch
"Everything you need to know about Common Core" by Diane Ravitch. Washington Post: 1/18/16. The past, present and future of the standards. Well written. Best article for pulling all the facts about Common Core together.
SUMMER PROJECT! Create a common core standards resource for each table in the class. Students will become responsible for their own learning! Jason's Online Classroom has Common Core Posters for Grades K-5! Check them out $$: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jasons-Online-Classroom/Category/-Common-Core-Posters-