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The key role Common Core State Standards play in dropout prevention


An integral step to achieving the Alliance’s Grad Nation goal to increase the graduation rates in communities where less than 60 percent of students graduate from high school, is full statewide adoption of the Common Core State Standards.

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 share and voluntarily adopt. Standards refer to the knowledge and skills a student should master in a particular subject area by a given point in time—usually by the end of a grade.

The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. They are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that the nation’s students are competitive in the global market.

Alliance partners the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have launched www.corestandards.org to provide statistics, information, and up-to-date news on states’ adoption of the Common Core State Standards, which provide consistent, high-quality guidelines for what all American students should be learning in the classroom.

The Alliance supports adoption and implementation of the Core Standards in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. A recent U.S. Department of Education press release explains support of this initiative at the federal level. Fellow Core Standards supporter and Alliance partner the Alliance for Excellent Education has also recently launched an online resource to learn more about this national movement. Visit AEE’s “portal” for accessing even more resources, such as briefs on why the nation needs common standards in the first place.

  • Visit the Common Core State Standards website to get the latest headlines from across the country, view adoption statuses by state, review the standards language, and learn how to get involved.