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07/19/10

COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS RELEASES CORE TEACHING STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released for public comment new draft core teaching standards. The release of the standards signals the beginning of the public comment period which will run until October 15, 2010, during which time CCSSO seeks broad input from the education community and the public at large.

The Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue (Draft for Public Comment) was developed by a committee of the Interstate Teacher and Assessment Support Consortium (InTASC) convened by CCSSO and included practicing teachers, teacher educators, and state education agency staff. These standards comprise a set of principles of effective teaching, revised from the 1992 model standards, and demonstrate a new vision for teaching. The 2010 model core teaching standards are intended to help policymakers and educators achieve their education reform goals. 

In updating the model core teaching standards, efforts were made to ensure they align with other national and state standards documents that were recently revised or released. Specifically, these standards have been reviewed to ensure compatibility with 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 all these professional standards ensures a coherent continuum of expectations for teachers from beginning through accomplished practice, as well as the conditions necessary to support professional growth along this continuum. It also increases the probability of building aligned systems of teacher development and support that begin with recruitment and preparation and run through induction, ongoing professional development, accomplished teaching, and other leadership roles.

"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. "This document begins a national conversation that we hope will be robust and productive."

"I hope that members the professional education community will take the time to critically review these draft standards and provide input so they truly reflect what teachers should know and so policymakers will know what needs to change in order for teachers to be supported in their quest to reach the new vision laid out in the standards," Wilhoit concluded.

The draft standards will be circulated from now until October 15, 2010 to gather comments and feedback which will be used to refine and finalize the standards. Individual and focus group feedback is planned. To download review the document and submit comments, please go to www.ccsso.org/intasc. To view a video webcast of the release, please click here. If your organization is interested in hosting a focus group to provide input on the standards, please contact Kathleen Paliokas, Director, InTASC at CCSSO by email at kathyp@ccsso.org.

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.