The Common Core State Standards provide a clear picture of what students across the country need to know and be able to do for a successful future. The start of the 2013-2014 school year marks a time when many states will begin measuring student performance using new, more rigorous assessments aligned to the Common Core standards. States anticipate a significant drop in student test scores as a result of implementing Common Core-aligned assessments. While the Common Core will receive heightened attention during the upcoming school year as it becomes more apparent that students are not yet prepared for success in the global economy, it is imperative to remember that the Common Core initiative presents an opportunity to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion about the importance of implementing the Common Core State Standards and aligned assessments to ensure long-term success for students in post-secondary education and the workforce. The release of the initial Common Core test results in Kentucky and New York underscore the importance of preparing the public for them and the challenge ahead for effective implementation of both the standards and assessments.
Cynthia G. Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Governor John Engler, President, Business Roundtable
Commissioner Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Kentucky Department of Education
Commissioner John King, New York Commissioner of Education, New York State Education Department
Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress