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Monday, June 09, 2014

Former CCSSO Executive Director Reaffirms State-Led Process to Develop Common Core State Standards

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

Washington, D.C. - Gene Wilhoit, former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, released the following statement today to clarify the process used to develop the Common Core State Standards.

"The recent article in the Washington Post misrepresented the history of how the Common Core State Standards were actually developed and the critical role that state chiefs and governors played in this effort. As the former Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers who was involved in the development of the Common Core State Standards from the beginning, I can say first-hand that the process to develop these standards was created and led by state education chiefs and governors, and no one else. It began with a conversation among a handful of state chiefs in 2007. While we appreciate the strong support of advocates like the Gates Foundation, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and others, it is that conversation among state chiefs in 2007, along with the hard work of our teachers and students in the classroom every day, that has revolutionized public school classrooms across the country today."