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Thursday, April 28, 2011

CCSSO RELEASES MODEL CORE TEACHING STANDARDS

Education Leaders Convene to release InTASC Standards at CCSSO’s National Summit on Educator Effectiveness
Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

WASHINGTON, April 28 - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) releases today the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue. The standards, a state-led effort, represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are to improve achievement of our next generation of students and are intended to set the foundation for educators, states, and policymakers to achieve their education reform goals. The standards were developed in partnership with the teaching profession by a committee of the Interstate Teacher and Assessment Support Consortium (InTASC), convened by CCSSO. The committee included practicing teachers, teacher educators, and state education agency staff.

"In order to deliver on our promise to provide a first rate education to every child, we must continue building a coherent approach to preparing, licensing, and supporting highly effective teachers," said Gene Wilhoit, CCSSO Executive Director. "The Model Core Teaching Standards can bolster student achievement by better preparing educators for the realities of today's and tomorrow's academic learning environment and set the stage for a national conversation that will be robust and productive."

The standards were designed to align with other national and state standards documents including the recently-released Common Core State Standards for students in mathematics and English language arts, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) accomplished teaching core principles, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation standards, the National Staff Development Council (NSDC) professional development standards, and the Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) 2008 Policy Standards and CCSSO's companion document Performance Expectations and Indicators for Educational Leaders. Consistency among professional educator standards ensures research-based high quality expectations for teachers from the beginning of their profession through accomplished practice, as well as the conditions necessary to support professional growth throughout their career.

The standards were released at CCSSO's National Summit on Educator Effectiveness in Washington, D.C. To view the standards visit www.ccsso.org/intasc.