Final Common Core State Standards - and New Achieve Resources - Released
On June 2, 2010, the final K-12 Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English and mathematics were released by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The CCSS are the result of a voluntary, state-led effort to establish a shared set of internationally-benchmarked, college- and career-ready K-12 standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. The final common core standards are posted at www.corestandards.org.
Achieve was actively involved in helping to shape the CCSS standards over the past year. After their release, Achieve President Michael Cohen stated that, "Achieve encourages states to adopt and fully implement the Common Core State Standards as part of their college- and career-ready agenda. That means aligning graduation requirements, curriculum materials and instructional tools, educator preparation and professional development, assessments, accountability indicators and data systems with the Common Core State Standards so that the whole system - down to every classroom - is geared toward the same end goal: all students graduating, ready for college, careers and life." Read the full press release.
States are moving at a fast clip to adopt the CCSS standards. To date, 16 states have adopted the standards - Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. How and when states adopt depends on the laws of each state. Some states will adopt the standards through their state boards of education, while others will adopt them through their state legislatures. To help states and others interested better understand the Common Core standards, Achieve has created a range of materials, all available at www.achieve.org/achievingcommoncore. The materials focus on the organization, content and evidence base used to support the standards, including fact sheets that describe the content areas and address frequently asked questions about the standards.
One resource that a number of states are already using is the Common Core Comparison Tool (CCCTool), designed by Achieve and funded by JP Morgan Chase. The CCCTool allows states to compare their existing state standards with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. State teams can match their state standards to the CCSS, indicate the strength of the match and answer questions critical for adoption and implementation insofar as curriculum, instruction, professional development, and assessments are concerned. While Achieve designed the CCCTool, the data generated are the result of judgments made by the members of the state team who complete the process. Contact Achieve for more information.
(reprinted from Achieve's Perspective Newsletter)