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K-12 Common Core State Standards Released

 MEDIA CONTACT:  Matt Cardoza, (404) 651-7358,  mcardoza@gadoe.org    - Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook    Frequently Asked Questions about why the Common Core is good for Georgia    June 2, 2010  -- Today the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) chose Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee to release a set of state-led education standards, the Common Core State Standards. The English-language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12 were developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including content experts, states, teachers, school administrators and parents. The standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America’s children for success in college and work.   Governor Sonny Perdue, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine, Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools Andres Alonso, and Vice President of the National Education Association (NEA) Lily Eskelsen participated in today’s announcement in Suwanee and praised the work of the teams that developed the standards.   The event featured a panel discussion moderated by President of Alliance for Excellent Education and former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise with Parent-Teacher Association CEO Byron V. Garrett, Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s Health & Public Service Operating Group Steve Rohleder, Georgia State Board of Education Member Brad Bryant and Wisconsin 2010 Teacher of the Year Leah Luke. The release of the standards marks the conclusion of the development of the Common Core State Standards and signals the start of the adoption and implementation process by the states. The year-long process was led by governors and chief state school officers in 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia. The final standards were informed by nearly 10,000 public comments and by standards in other top performing countries so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy.   “America’s ability to compete globally depends on an education system that adequately prepares our students,” Governor Perdue said. “When American students have the skills and knowledge needed in today’s economy, our states and our communities will be positioned to develop a talented workforce that employers covet.”   “Our nation’s governors have committed to this year long effort to create a common set of high expectations for all students. The Common Core State Standards reflect our commitment to cooperation across states to provide the best education for our children and our understanding that strong schools lay the path towards long-term economic success,” said Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who joined via satellite from Delaware.  “The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents have a roadmap for what they need to do to help them. Further, these standards provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live, and allow states to more effectively help all students to succeed,” commented Steve Paine, West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools. “I am excited to have a common framework from which to share best practices with fellow superintendents across the nation. With students, parents, and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed and build a strong future for themselves and the country.”   “The best understanding of what works in the classroom comes from the teachers who are in them. That is why these standards establish what students need to learn, but do not dictate how teachers should teach. Instead, the standards enable schools and teachers to decide how best to help students reach the standards,” said Florida Commissioner of Education Dr. Eric J. Smith. “We are entering the most critical phase of the movement for Common Core State Standards. It is now up to states to adopt the standards and carry on the hard work of the educators and community leaders that worked to develop them.”   The State Board of Education in Georgia is expected to sign off on the common core standards this summer.   These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school fully prepared for college and careers. The standards are:  · Aligned with college and work expectations;  · Clear, understandable and consistent;  · Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;  · Build 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; and  · Evidence- and research-based.   “In the 21st century, Georgia is competing on a national and international stage,” said State School Board Chair Wanda Barrs. “It only makes sense that all states have common standards to strive for and compare themselves against.”   View the Common Core State Standards: -  Mathematics  -  English Language Arts   More information can be found at  www.corestandards.org .