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Yesterday, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the final set of state-led education standards, the Common Core State Standards. The English-language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12 were developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including content experts, states, teachers, school administrators and parents. The standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America’s children for success in college and work.

According to Education Week, the first official public draft, released in March, drew more than 10,000 comments on a Website set up by the NGA and the CCSSO. The final document incorporates that feedback, officials said, as well as final rounds of input from states and specialized groups.

Although the year-long process was led by governors and chief state school officers in 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia, a number of core committee members refused to sign the final document.

“They aren’t terrific,”  R. James Milgram told Education Week. “What they are is far better than the vast majority of standards in this country…But they do not match up well with international expectations, and they are not quite as good as the best of the state standards, in California, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Indiana.”

Despite a handful of people who are not totally sold on the standards, overall many state officials believe it is the right move.

“Strong schools are the surest path to our nation’s long-term economic success. America’s students are now competing with children around the globe for jobs and opportunities after graduation. We need to maintain a national focus to ensure our kids are ready to compete and ready to win. That’s why our nation’s governors committed to this effort to create a common set of high expectations for students across the country.  The Common Core State Standards reflect what can come from cooperation to improve student achievement,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell

The release signals the start of the adoption and implementation process by the states. In the coming months, each state will follow its own procedures and processes for adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

Learn more about the Common Core State Standards.

Additional sources: Education Week

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On February 23, 2010, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the National Governors Association winter meeting about the Obama Administration’s education agenda. According to the Department of Education, Duncan praised governors for their leadership and participation in a 48-state effort to raise standards on a voluntary basis.

Duncan also discussed rewarding, encouraging and learning from high-performing schools. He also mentioned the importance of turning around low-performing schools. The meeting ended with a question and answer session. Watch the video of the 2010 National Governors Association Meeting and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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