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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Common Core Validation Committee Co-Chair Lays Out Research Behind Higher Standards in New Paper

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

Washington, D.C. (June 17, 2014) -- A majority of states across the country have worked together to develop and adopt the Common Core State Standards, and are working to implement these new, higher academic standards in mathematics and English language arts in classrooms. Many states are already seeing positive results from implementation. Yet, four years after the standards were first published, questions still exist about how these standards were developed and why.

To assist states in answering these questions, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) worked with David T. Conley, Co-Chair of the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards Initiative, to publish The Common Core State Standards: Insight into Their Development and Purpose.

In the paper, Conley details the voluntary, state-led process that state education chiefs and governors created to develop the Common Core State Standards as well as the research that educators reviewed while writing the standards. He also analyzes several common myths that have popped up in states across the country and dispels them with facts from the standards.

"I encourage everyone who is interested in the Common Core State Standards to read through this paper and inform themselves regarding the development and validity of the standards as a framework for preparing students to lead fulfilling lives as productive citizens in an increasingly complex economy and society," said Conley.

"Through this paper, David T. Conley provides a historic and accurate account of the development of the Common Core State Standards. I know this will serve as a great reference and resource to teachers, parents, and education leaders across our states," said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO.

Click here to download the paper in full.


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. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.