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Educators applaud collaboration and high level goals

NEA encourages increasingly broader input from classroom practitioners

WASHINGTON - September 23, 2009 -

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Center recently released the first official draft of the college and career readiness standards. NEA has established a strong working relationship with the NGA Center and the CCSSO, and is pleased to continue to work with the other partners on this state-led initiative to improve education.  There is evidence that some well-informed, visionary leaders are guiding the work and listening to input from a broad set of stakeholders.

The following can be contributed to NEA President Dennis Van Roekel:

“NEA believes that this work on Common Standards has the potential to provide teachers with far more manageable curriculum goals.  Their broadness allows teachers to exercise professional judgment in planning instruction that promotes student success,” said Van Roekel.  “As the standards are extended to grades K–12, NEA is optimistic that they will continue to be fewer, broader, and more challenging than most of the current state standards.”

“It is critically important that the voice of the education practitioners is included in the development of all core standards. NEA remains an advocate of including other essential areas of schooling, such as civic responsibility, in education transformation efforts. NEA believes it is critical that standards and assessments associated with them promote access for all students to a complete education.”

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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