Accelerating the College and Career Readiness of the Nation's Students (State Cards)
In the spring of 2009, the Common Core State Standards Initiative was launched with forty-eight states, the District of Columbia, and two territories coming together under the auspices of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a common core of state K–12 English language arts and mathematics standards. Within the last year, forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted these standards and are now working on implementation. The standards are college and career ready; internationally benchmarked; consistent for all students; focused, clear, and coherent; and based on the collaborative work of states and districts along with leading subject matter experts, K–12 teachers, postsecondary faculty, and others.
The Alliance for Excellent Education strongly supports this state-led movement that promises to lay a new foundation for systemwide education reform and is committed to ensuring that these standards improve educational quality for students who historically have been held to lower academic expectations and experienced the worst academic outcomes. The attached profiles of the fifty states and the District of Columbia capture the progress made in adopting both the common core state standards, subsequent work in ensuring those standards are accompanied by college- and career-ready assessments, and the potential benefits of preparing all students for success in college and a career.
To access the state card for your state, click on it in the list below. A national card is also available.
To learn more about this issue, visit this page to see all of the Alliance’s publications related to common standards.