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Monday, June 02, 2014

Four Years Later, States Continue to Lead on Higher Standards

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

Washington, D.C. - Chris Minnich, Executive Director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, released the following statement to mark the four-year anniversary of states working together to develop a set of consistent standards for proficiency in English language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. Because of this work, all states and the District of Columbia now are working to transition to higher academic standards.

"Four years ago, state education chiefs and governors came together and pushed for higher academic standards for all students. On June 2, they published the Common Core State Standards to help ensure all students graduate from high school prepared for college and career. Today, four years later, states continue to lead the effort in transitioning to higher academic standards across the country. All states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards or similar high academic standards. Because of states' leadership on this critical issue and the hard work of teachers in the classroom, we know our students are better off today than they were four years ago."