Background on Common Core State Standards
NEA’s Involvement in CCSS
NEA believes that this work on Common Standards has the potential to provide teachers with more manageable curriculum goals. Their broadness allows teachers to exercise professional judgment in planning instruction that promotes student success.
The goal of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to provide a clear, consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that young people need for success in college and careers.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a joint effort by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with Achieve, ACT, and the College Board. Governors and state commissioners of education from across the country committed to joining a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.
To date, 45 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to adopt the CCSS, which are scheduled for full implementation in 2014.
NEA Is Committed to This Project
NEA believes that this work on Common Standards has the potential to provide teachers with more manageable curriculum goals. Their broadness allows teachers to exercise professional judgment in planning instruction that promotes student success. Read about NEA’s involvement in this project.
Common Core Working Group
In October 2012, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel appointed 56 members to the NEA Common Core Working Group, a nationwide effort to prepare educators to implement the Common Core State Standards. Comprised of state affiliates and local leaders, the group has three primary responsibilities:
- maintain educators’ presence throughout Common Core implementation;
- facilitate communication about the Standards; and,
- assist in the development of educational tools.
What Are the New Assessment Consortia?
The U.S. Department of Education awarded grants to two consortia to develop assessment systems focused on the CCSS:
- The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), working on online exams, received $176 million.
- The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), working on assessments in English and math, received $186 million.
Connect With Teachers About Common Core
Join the Common Core group on the GPS Network to collaborate and find resources on the new standards.