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COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE: Alabama Reaffirms Support for Common Standards as Montana Becomes Forty-Sixth State to Adopt

“These new standards have the potential to fundamentally transform learning in the classroom."

A move to rescind Alabama’s support for the common core state standards in English language arts and mathematics failed on November 10 when the State Board of Education passed a resolution by a 6–3 vote reaffirming its commitment to the standards.

As reported by the Montgomery AdvertiserElla Bell, a member of the Alabama State Board of Education said the common standards are an opportunity for Alabama students to stand toe-to-toe with students from across the country. “I am tired of Alabama being at the bottom of everything,” she said. “I cannot vote to rescind the work we have done.”

Earlier this month, Montana became the latest state to adopt the common core state standards when the state Board of Public Education adopted the common core state standards for English language arts and math on November 4.

“These new standards have the potential to fundamentally transform learning in the classroom,” Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau told the Billings Gazette. “They give every student, no matter where they live, the opportunity to receive an education that will prepare them for college or to enter the workforce.”

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a state-led effort to establish a single set of clear educational standards for K–12 English language arts and mathematics that states can share and voluntarily adopt. Since the final K–12 standards were released on June 2, 2010, forty-six states plus Washington, DC have moved to adopt them, representing 87 percent of the U.S. student population and 89 percent of the U.S. population as a whole.

The standards are designed to ensure that (1) students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce, and (2) parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. They are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that the nation’s students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace.

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