W.Va. selected to receive support for Common Core State Standards implementation

Staff Report

October 8, 2013

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA), National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) today announced the selection of six states—Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming—to participate in the Improving Student Learning at Scale Collaborative to support effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

As of August 2013, 49 states and territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense schools that serve the children of U.S. servicemen and women around the world, together serving more than 80 percent of the nation’s K-12 students, have adopted the standards.

Many of the policy decisions necessary to support successful implementation of the standards and improve teaching and learning have yet to be made or are being put in place in an uncoordinated way. The collaborative is designed to help states:

  • Identify gaps and areas for better alignment of policy and connections between K-12 and higher education within each participating state;
  • Engage the many stakeholders at the highest levels of policy making in the state in the process to implement the CCSS;
  • Develop strategies for policy alignment, coordination of system resources and communications to support CCSS implementation; and
  • Create a learning community among participating states to share progress and challenges, then offer lessons learned to additional states.

“Successful implementation of the standards will require a coordinated effort to ensure that the needed policies are enacted and the handoff between policy adoption and implementation is smooth and improves the quality of learning across our states,” Dan Crippen, NGA Executive Director, said.

“Legislative understanding of the Common Core State Standards will be important to their successful implementation,” William T. Pound, NCSL Executive Director, said. “NCSL is pleased to join in this coordinated effort to enhance the engagement of legislatures in improving the quality of education in the United States.”

“CCSSO is focused on supporting state education agencies as they implement policy to prepare all students for college and career,” Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO, said . “Collaboration at all levels is critical to ensuring the benefits of the Common Core can be achieved in the classroom. We are pleased to support states in this work.”

“We welcome this opportunity to work closely with governmental and education leaders in these six states,” SHEEO President George P. Pernsteiner said. “State coordinating and governing agencies for higher education are strong advocates for Common Core-based standards to improve college and career readiness, and we must make sure that all of higher education assumes its roles in meeting the full potential to improve education these standards represent.”

This project will be a highly interactive, team-based, multi-state process for helping the selected states develop and implement an action plan to address a complex public policy issue. Participating states will receive a grant and technical assistance from NGA, CCSSO, NCSL, and SHEEO staff and other experts.