June 02, 2010

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.”

During its May board meeting, the West Virginia Board of Education approved the Common Core State Standards for English and mathematics. The West Virginia Department of Education will spend the next year aligning the common core with West Virginia’s 21st Century Curriculum Standards and Objectives and resources. It is expected that the new standards will be implemented across the state’s public school system in the fall of 2011.
West Virginia is one of 51 U.S. states and territories to participate in the Common Core State Standards Initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English/language arts and mathematics.
“The Common Core State Standards build upon the success of West Virginia’s 21st century learning vision called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” Paine added.

“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.

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