Once adopted at the state level, there are several necessary steps before full implementation at the classroom level; this report aims to address that process and look ahead to the future.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a single set of clear educational standards for K–12 English language arts and mathematics that states can voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared for college and the workforce.
Following discussions with and feedback from two-dozen education leaders such as Jeb Bush, Rod Paige, David Driscoll and Andy Rotherham, the authors frame three models for implementation of the Common Core State Standards: independence, representation and transparency.
The authors also target the most pressing action items which include identifying the most urgent implementation tasks; determining what needs to be done across state lines; defining the roles of states, districts and private markets; and figuring out who will own and test these standards in the future.
The 5 Promises represent conditions children need to achieve adult success. The collective work of the Alliance involves keeping these promises to America’s youth. This article relates to the promises highlighted below:
These six platform areas are based on the collective experience and expertise of individuals at organizations engaged with young people across the country, the experience of young people themselves, and our own research. The platform areas are a statement of best practice – they are what has been demonstrated to work to improve graduation outcomes for young people.: