ERIC Number: ED507748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-8
Reference Count: 0
Update on the Common Core State Standards Initiative
Ritter, Bill, Jr.
National Governors Association
In this update the National Governors Association presents the testimony of Honorable Bill Ritter, Jr., as submitted to the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee. Ritter speaks about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a joint project by the National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to develop common core standards in English language arts and mathematics by February 2010. He believes that this initiative has a high probability for success. He further notes how governors recognize that the adoption of a strong set of academic standards is just an initial step toward upgrading state education systems. States have both the authority and the responsibility to provide students with a high-quality education, and many states are already deeply engaged in efforts to raise standards, advance teaching quality, and improve low-performing schools. State adoption standards, state leadership for education improvement, and federal government support are also discussed. Ritter concludes on the topic of federal government support, that moving forward, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act will be a critical opportunity to rethink and evolve the new federal-state partnership and capitalize on the power of state-led innovations to improve education. Much work remains, and governors stand ready to work with the committee on this important reauthorization.
Descriptors: State Government, State Standards, Academic Standards, Educational Quality, Language Arts, Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Educational Innovation, Educational Change
National Governors Association. 444 North Capitol Street, Washington, DC 20001-1512. Tel: 202-624-5300; Fax: 202-624-5313; Web site: http://www.nga.org
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association