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Common Core Standards for K-12

Posted on 04/05/2010

NGA & CCSSO

The National Governors Association has released a draft of the proposed national Common Core State Standards for grades K-12. These draft standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts nationwide. The goal of this effort is to begin to provide a clearer, more uniform and more rigorous framework to prepare students for college and the workforce. As they are adopted by states, these will become the universal K12 standards, and will be important for high school diploma classes as well as ABE.

Jack O'Connell, California State Schools Chief, has released a statement regarding the first official release of the draft of the State’s Common Core State Standards for grades K-12. Superintendent O'Connell’s statement, from March 10, 2010, is presented here:

"The draft common core state standards are rigorous and will better prepare students for college and careers in the 21st century," O'Connell said. "They are well organized to give a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so teachers and parents will know what they need to do to help all students succeed in both college and the workforce. They are internationally benchmarked and will make us more competitive as a nation.

"The development of these standards has been led by the governors and chief state school officers in 51 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, along with teachers, school administrators, and other education experts. I encourage the public to review the draft common core state standards and provide feedback during the public comment period." — (CDE News Release March 10, 2010)

The Council of State School Officers and the National Governor's Association led the development of the Standards in English-language arts and mathematics. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards are:

  • Aligned with college and work expectations
  • Clear, understandable and consistent
  • Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills
  • Built upon strengths and lessons of current state standards
  • Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
  • Evidence-based

The standards are now available for review and public comment.

The college-and career-readiness standards were released for public comment in September 2009, and a summary of feedback on these standards has been posted. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have to be ready to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs. An OTAN Article on these standards was posted in October 2009.

To read recently published news articles related to the Common Core Standards, see these links:

The New York Times (free registration) (3/10)
Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/10)
Google/The Associated Press (3/10)
The Washington Post (3/10)