Friday, July 2, 2010

Common State Academic Standards Launched

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers recently launched Common Core State Standards, English-language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12.

The Common Core State Standards were developed in collaboration with governors, chief school officers, teachers, content experts, and parents and were informed by public comments and standards in other nations with top educational performance.

Meant to serve as straightforward and consistent goals for learning, the standards delineate the knowledge and skills students should have during their K-12 careers in order to graduate high school prepared for college and the workforce. Ultimately, the standards are intended to serve as benchmarks for states as they measure the progress of their students.

Now, states will begin to adopt and implement the Common Core State Standards. For policymakers implementing the standards, see a framework for policy success. Also, read our recent discussion of a brief examining the creation of national education standards.

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