Tuesday, May 5, 2009

CCSSO and NGA starting work on National Standards

The National Governors Association (NGA) and CCSSO have commissioned work on common standards to be done by Achieve, College Board and ACT. A small writing team (6 people, 2 from each organization) has been formed to begin work identifying mathematics learning expectations for end of high school.  The two Achieve writing team members for mathematics are Kaye Forgionne (Achieve staff) and Bill McCullom.  The standards are meant for all students, benchmarked internationally, aligned with college and work-ready needs, rigorous, and based on research and best evidence. By "college-ready" they mean ready for College Algebra.  The team is charged with completing their work by the end of the summer.  The current Achieve, CB and ACT documents will serve as a starting point for their work.  In the fall the next phase of work will begin -- developing K-12 common standards for mathematics and English/language arts. That work is supposed to be completed by the end of the 2009.  The third phase of work will be focused on common assessments.  The details are less clear about this.  States are being asked to sign a memorandum of agreement to be a partner in the standards work.

Is NJ one of these states?  We wait to hear from the Department of Education and Commissioner Davy who has remained silent on the issue.

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