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Vol. 44, No. 50

June 15, 2010

State Board of Education Approves “Common Core Standards”

The State Board of Education voted today to join other states in a first-of-its-kind effort to adopt common academic standards for public school students in reading and mathematics.

On the recommendation of Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro, the board voted today to adopt the Common Core State Standards, developed over the past year under the leadership of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. 

“The United States now has a patchwork of differing academic standards.  To assure the best educational opportunities for every child, it is time for us to embrace standards that are clear, rigorous – and consistent – throughout the country,” Nicastro said. 

To date, 48 states (all but Alaska and Texas), two territories and the District of Columbia have declared support for the Common Core Standards initiative.  The final version of the new standards was published earlier this month. 

“To sustain the country’s economic recovery and to guarantee that our children will be internationally competitive, we must set high expectations for our students and our schools.  We must be willing to learn from the top-performing states and nations about how to implement high academic standards at all grade levels and in every community,” Nicastro said. 

Early reaction to the new standards by Missouri educators has been favorable, said Michael Muenks, assistant commissioner for the Department’s Office of College and Career Readiness.  The sequence of knowledge and skills in the Common Core Standards is similar to what is now  used in Missouri’s grade-level expectations (GLE) curriculum guides, he said.