CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine, who currently serves as president of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday as part of a national joint press event with CCSSO and the National Governors Association.
“I am excited to have a common framework from which to share best practices with fellow state superintendents across the nation,” Paine said. “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 build a strong future for themselves and the country.”
“The 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.”
The initiative respects the unique nature of every state, while acknowledging a shared national commitment to high classroom standards for all students in kindergarten through high school. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and education experts. The standards focus on fewer concepts while stressing deeper learning and understanding. They are part of an overall drive to better prepare today's students for college or careers. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate from high school able to succeed in college courses and in work force training programs.
For more information visit http://www.corestandards.org/ or call the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.