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June 2, 2010

Final Draft of National K-12 Standards Released

Salem, OR – State Schools Superintendent announced today the release of the final draft of the national Common Core State Standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a state-led effort to establish college and career ready standards for English-language arts and mathematics that states can share and voluntarily adopt. CCSSI 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 48 states, including Oregon, have committed to this state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English language arts and mathematics.

“Today marks a national milestone in our work to provide rigorous educational standards that prepare our students for the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly competitive world,” said State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo. ”I am hopeful that Oregon will join other states in adopting these standards. It was critical that Oregon had a seat at the table during this development process. My team has worked with our educators and stakeholders to review and provide feedback on the draft standards, much of which has been reflected in this final draft,” said Castillo.

Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning. Standards are important in ensuring that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in post-secondary education and workforce. The Common Core State standards provide a greater opportunity to share experiences and best practices within and across states that will improve our ability to best serve the needs of students.

To date, Kentucky, Maryland, and Hawaii have adopted or indicated they will adopt the Common Core State Standards. The Oregon State Board of Education will review these standards and deliberate their adoption in the coming months. It is expected that they will vote on the standards by the end of the year after a period of review in conjunction with educators and other state education stakeholders.

“Our role as members of the Oregon State Board of Education is to set the standards for Oregon students,” said State Board of Education Chair Duncan Wyse. “We need to make sure that these common standards are right for our students and for Oregon,” said Wyse.

For more information regarding the common standards and to review the final draft please visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/commoncore.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Interim Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5920

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