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ADVISORY: At Intelligence Squared Debate, CAP’s Carmel Martin to Make the Case for the Common Core State Standards
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ADVISORY: At Intelligence Squared Debate, CAP’s Carmel Martin to Make the Case for the Common Core State Standards

New York, NY — Carmel Martin, the Center for American Progress’ Executive Vice President for Policy, will make the case that the Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, were developed by state leaders and prepare students to succeed in college and careers at an Intelligence Squared debate in New York City on Tuesday, September 9.

At the debate, Martin will partner with Michael Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, to make the case for sustaining support for the Common Core.  Today, too many students are graduating without the knowledge they need to be successful in college, and lack the real-world skills they need for their careers. At least one in four college going students in the United States takes remedial courses upon beginning his or her studies, and 75 percent of young people are not qualified to enlist in the military. In order to build a competitive 21st century workforce, America needs to better prepare our students for success in the global economy.

Martin and Petrilli will debate against Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York, and Rick Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. 

Since joining CAP, Martin has co-authored a report on the CCSS that provides guidance on steps that states can take to effectively translate standards into high-quality instruction. She testified before the New York State Office of the Governor Common Core Implementation Panel on best practices for implementation of the standards and appeared on “PBS NewsHour” in July 2014 to discuss them.

Previously, Martin was the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development at the U.S. Department of Education. In this position, she led the department’s policy and budget development activities and served as a senior advisor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.


Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: “Embrace the Common Core”


Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

6:45 p.m. ET – 8:30 p.m. ET


Kaufman Music Center

129 W. 67th Street

New York, NY 10023

The debate will stream live here and air soon after as part of the NPR show “Intelligence Squared U.S.” More information about the debate can be found here.

Related resources:

Roadmap for a Successful Transition to the Common Core in States and Districts

Common Core Implementation Best Practices

A Guide to the Common Core State Standards

Better, Fewer, and Fairer Tests: The Promise of the Common Core Assessments

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Allison Preiss at [email protected] or 202.478.6331.