Update on the State-Led Common Core Standards Initiative
Summary of the Common Core Standards Memorandum of Agreement:
- State-based leadership: The CCSSO and the NGA Center will facilitate a state-led process to develop ELA and mathematics standards that are:
- fewer, clearer and higher, to best drive effective policy and practice;
- aligned with college and work expectations;
- inclusive of rigorous content and application of knowledge;
- internationally benchmarked; and
- research- and evidence-based.
- National Validation Committee: The CCSSO and the NGA Center will create an expert validation group to provide an independent review of the common core and certify state adoption of the standards. Participating states will have an opportunity to nominate individuals to the validation committee.
- Develop End-of-High-School Expectations: The CCSSO and NGA Center will convene Achieve, ACT, and the College Board to develop a set of end-of-high-school expectations in ELA and mathematics by July 2009. States will have an opportunity to provide input on these expectations.
- Develop K-12 Standards in ELA and Mathematics: The CCSSO and NGA Center will convene Achieve, ACT, and the College Board to develop K-12 standards by December 2009. Participating states will provide input and work as partners with the organizations in the development process.
- Adoption: Participating states will be expected to adopt the common core standards within three years. States choosing to adopt the standards would agree to ensure that the common core represents at least 85 percent of the state's standards in ELA and mathematics.
- National Policy Forum: The CCSSO and NGA Center will convene a National Policy Forum comprised of key national organizations to share ideas, gather input, and inform the common core initiative.
- Federal Role: Financial support for developing the common core, common assessments, professional development, and research to improve this effort over time would be sought from the federal government, through funding such as the Race to the Top Fund authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Other federal supports and incentives would also be sought.
Source: MA DOE Memo: http://www.doe.mass.edu/boe/docs/0509/item5.html
The Road to National Standards
Read the public testimony from the House Education and Labor Committee Hearing on April 29
On Wednesday, April 29, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing to examine how states can better prepare their students to compete in a global economy by using internationally benchmarked common standards.
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- The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr. » Former Governor of North Carolina and Foundation Chair James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy Durham, North Carolina
- Ken James » Commissioner of Education Arkansas Department of Education Little Rock, Arkansas
- Greg Jones » Chair California Business for Excellence in Education (CBEE) Sacramento, California
- Dave Levin » Co-Founder KIPP: Knowledge Is Power Program New York, New York
- Randi Weingarten » President American Federation of Teachers New York, New York
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