The International Reading Association (IRA) has released a set of guidelines for the successful implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The guidelines, a white paper/statement entitled Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards, address the need for a link between reading instruction and the ELA CCSS. They provide teachers and educational leaders with recommendations on how to integrate many of the central ideas of the standards into effective practice. The guidelines capture the most pressing issues in clear language, point out their significance for those responsible for implementation and then offer guidance on accomplishing the task at hand. Seven specific issues are addressed: (1) challenging texts, (2) foundational skills, (3) comprehension, (4) vocabulary, (5) writing, (6) disciplinary literacy and (7) diverse learners.