Final Version of Common Core Standards Released
OLYMPIA — June 2, 2010 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn received the final version of the Common Core State Standards on Wednesday and will review them during the next month before provisionally adopting the standards.
Washington is one of 48 states, along with two territories and the District of Columbia, that have agreed to consider adopting the English language arts and math common core standards, which will help ensure all students are career and college ready in those areas. Adopting the common core standards is also a part of the state’s Race to the Top application.
The common core initiative ensures a consistency of learning standards – the skills and knowledge students are expected to learn in a specific subject area – across the states.
“We are a highly mobile society,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “It only makes sense that a student moving to Washington from Oregon, or as far away as Maine, can show up in their new classroom and basically pick up where they left off in their former school. This will help us standardize education throughout our nation and become more globally competitive.”
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to deliver a detailed report in January 2011 to the state Legislature. The report, as outlined in section 600 of the state’s Education Reform legislation (Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696), will include a comparison of common core and the current state learning standards for reading, writing and math, and an estimated timeline and costs to the state and districts to implement them.
OSPI cannot officially adopt the changes to the state learning standards until after the 2011 legislative session, which ends next April. OSPI’s estimated rollout plan shows that the common core standards won’t be implemented in public school classrooms until the 2012-13 school year, and won’t be fully tested in schools until spring 2015.
The state’s newly revised K-12 math standards provide a strong foundation for the transition to the common core standards. In addition, the English language arts standards (reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language) will likely save the state money and resources because our reading and writing learning standards were due for a review and update in the near future.
“We think the common core standards are a positive because our textbooks will be more closely aligned to our learning standards, and states can pool resources to develop instructional materials to better help our schools,” Dorn said. “We’ll be able to provide increased support to the teachers in our classrooms because of this nationwide effort.”
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) are leading common core initiative.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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