Magazine article District Administration

Clear Expectations

Magazine article District Administration

Clear Expectations

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AFTER HEARING ALL THE UPROAR THIS SPRING ABOUT THE COMMON CORE STATE Standards Initiative and knowing that in a relatively short time school districts in most states will be impacted in many ways, we decided that it was time for a progress report. We checked in with Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Dane Linn, director of the Education Division of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, who are heading up the initiative.

In a very insightful interview by Associate Editor Don Parker-Burgard, both Wilhoit and Linn stress the importance of new, clear and straightforward expectations for U.S. students consistent with countries whose educational systems have been performing at high levels. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who supports the state-led initiative, said on Face the Nation in September, "We have to raise the bar for everyone. We have to have our high expectations. We are going to make sure that every student who graduates from high school is both college-ready and career-ready and has a chance to fulfill their dreams."

Past Attempts

The difference between past attempts for national standards and this initiative is that the NGA Center and CCSSO have created an expert validation committee to provide an independent review of the grade-by-grade standards. These content vetters are trusted education experts who are independent of the process. If the same amount of thought going into these standards is replicated in their implementation state by state and can be tailored to the individual learner, this is an opportunity for the U. …

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