Gov. Wise Speaks at Common Standards Release Event
June 06, 2010 02:05 am
On June 2, 2010 the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers released the common core state standards at an event held at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, Georgia. 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. Click on the image to watch video from the event.
“Zip codes might be great for sorting mail, but they should not determine the quality of a child’s education or success in the future workforce,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, who spoke at the event in Suwanee, Georgia. “Under the current education system, there is wide variation between states and even school districts on what students are expected to know and do—a situation that is unfair to all students, and one that is especially harmful to low-income students and students of color. With common standards and assessments, students, parents, and teachers will have a clear, consistent understanding of the skills necessary for students to succeed after high school and compete with peers across the state line and across the ocean.”
In February 2010, Kentucky was the first state to announce formal adoption of the standards. In the weeks prior to the release of the final standards, a handful of states including Hawaii, West Virginia, and Maryland announced their formal approval of the standards. Since the morning of June 2, several other states have also indicated their commitment to adopting the standards including Wisconsin, North Carolina, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The Alliance recently released new state profiles that offer evidence for why all states would benefit from adopting the common standards that were released this morning. To help stakeholders understand how much progress a state has already made in moving toward college- and career-ready standards, the state profiles include information on when a state last revised its math and English language arts standards. They also note which entity in a state has formal adoption authority for standards and whether the state has plans to adopt common standards.
To learn more about the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), visit CCSSI’s newly revamped site: http://www.corestandards.org/.