At long last the national partnership between the the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers has produced a first proposal for a universal set of academic standards for both Math and English for our nation’s public schools. This has the potential to be a watershed moment in the world of education policy. Instead of a fragmented unequal set of standards in various states (born out of the No Child Left Behind legislation) these universal standards will move our country one step further toward ensuring a world class education for young people in this country. Check out Sam Dillon’s NYTimes article for more.
Designers of these standards highlighted several key elements that should make them successful: they say the standards are concise and vertically aligned–from grade to grade there is connectivity in content. It’s an exciting moment of progress. A variety of educational and business groups and even the White House have all lent their immediate endorsement. Let’s see what happens to the proposal!