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Common Core State Standards Available for Public Comment

March 10, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Parents, teachers and others interested in improving student English and math skills can now view the first official public draft of K-12 standards developed as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in West Virginia and other states. The draft standards, released to the public on Wednesday, were developed together with teachers, school administrators and experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare America’s children for college and the work force.

West Virginia is one of 51 states and U.S. territories to join with the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers in developing common English/language arts and math standards. Those interested in the standards are encouraged to review them and complete a survey by Friday, April 2, 2010, at www.corestandards.org. Click on “Submit Feedback” to access the survey.

“West Virginia has taken bold steps to increase rigor and incorporate 21st century skills into the curriculum,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine, president-elect of CCSSO. “Participating in this national initiative will reinforce that we are doing the right thing for students in West Virginia by helping them excel both in their core classes and in real-world settings so that they will be globally intelligent and resilient in today’s digital world."

The K-12 common core standards in English/language arts and math are research- and evidence-based, internationally benchmarked, aligned with college and work expectations and include rigorous content and skills. States can voluntarily adopt the standards, or add additional standards. The initiative builds on the work West Virginia already has done in developing its 21st century learning program, “Global21: Students deserve It. The world demands it.”

“These standards build upon the goals articulated in the college- and career-readiness standards released last year and will ensure our students are prepared to compete and succeed in a global economy,” said Dane Linn, director of the NGA Center’s Education Division. “We look forward to working with educators, leaders and state board members in the states as they consider adopting these standards that will guide their educational programs.”
The K-12 standards are expected to be finalized in early spring. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org, or contact the West Virginia Department Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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