The Common Core State Standards Initiative
In 2009 Washington joined the Common Core Standards Initiative, a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School
Officers to develop common, rigorous learning expectations. With different academic standards in every state and varying degrees of rigor, too many states had standards that did not prepare students for college or careers. The 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia concurred that students deserved clear, focused learning goals wherever they might live, and that common standards could promote collaboration across state lines in the development of instructional materials, assessments, and approaches to professional development.
Creating the Standards
Three groups working closely together produced the standards:
Download a complete list of each group
- The Standards Development Work Group wrote the standards.
- The Feedback Group offered expert input on draft documents and provided support information backed by current research.
- The Validation Committee comprised independent, national education experts who reviewed the standards to make sure they met strict development criteria.
Public Comment Played a Vital Role
The first draft of standards in English Language Arts and mathematics were posted for public comment on March 10, 2010. Feedback from the larger K-12 community played a significant role in the
development of the Common Core State Standards. A series of public comment
periods made it possible for anyone to review and give feedback. In all, the
Standards Development Group received more than 10,000 comments. Here is a report that takes a high-level look at the input from educators and the K-12 community. When the new standards were in draft form, OSPI staff submitted feedback on the emerging content in the CCSS.
Timeline: From Provisional Adoption to Formal Adoption
Bias and Sensitivity Review: Implementation Recommendations Report (PDF)
Content-specific implementation support plans are underway to help guide districts' smooth transition to CCSS. Statewide professional development at each grade level will be coordinated by partners across the state.
Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum Alignment Workgroup will be aligning the
Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum to the CCSS.