Exciting Progress Made in the Common Core State Standards Initiative

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!

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