Director, Public Information

Vol. 44, No. 45

June 2, 2010 


New “Common Core” Academic Standards Released;

Missouri Will Consider Adoption this Summer

Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro said that she will recommend that the State Board of Education take action in August to formally adopt a new set of “common core” academic standards which were released nationally today. 

The Common Core State Standards were officially released this morning by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).   The standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America’s children for success in college and work.

State education officials have been working on and reviewing the draft standards during the past year and have published drafts for comment by Missouri educators.  The final version will be presented to and discussed by the State Board of Education when it meets June 15 in Jefferson City.  

“Missouri has been actively involved in the development of the Common Core Standards Initiative for the past year.  Forty-eight states, two territories and the District of Columbia have already endorsed the need for these standards.  It is extremely important for us to follow through and formally adopt the standards as part of our overall school-improvement plan,” Nicastro said.  

The national development process was led by the states, under the leadership of the NGA Center, the chief state school officers and a wide range of education and business-related organizations.  The final standards were informed by nearly 10,000 public comments and by standards in other top-performing countries. 

“The Common Core Standards are similar to those already developed and adopted in Missouri, by Missourians.  They are intended to guarantee that all American children – in every state and every community – will finish high school with the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful in college and in work,” Nicastro said.

The standards define the knowledge and skills in mathematics and English language arts that students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate from high school fully prepared for college and careers.  The new standards are: 

  • Aligned with college and work expectations

  • Clear, consistent and understandable

  • Based on rigorous content and include the application of high-order skills

  • Built upon the strengths of current state standards

  • Informed by the standards and practices of other top-performing countries

  • Research- and evidence-based

Missouri officially joined the Common Core Standards Initiatives last summer when Gov. Jay Nixon and Commissioner Nicastro agreed to support the state’s participation in the project.