State Standards

Chapter 9 of the 2012 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Book of the States 2012

Chapter 9: Selected State Policies and Programs


  1. Elections, Greater Federal Grant Scrutiny and Ongoing Disasters Continue to Test Management System
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The U.S. Department of Education released progress report information for the 12 states that received Race to the Top funding in 2010.  The specific summaries highlight the reform efforts and initiatives each state is implementing along with challenges along the way.  Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee developed aggressive plans for statewide reform and secured funding for the work.

Educators and policymakers realize that all of America’s students need a high-quality education to prepare them for college and careers. 2012 promises to be another busy year in  transformational strategies in education. In order to ensure a world-class education, leaders will likely address these top five issues facing states and territories (“the states”) this year.

According to data collected in April by the National Center on Time and Learning, every U.S. state except Minnesota sets a numeric standard for either minimum instructional days per year or total instructional hours per year.

Results from the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress show students made progress in civics knowledge at grade 4, but not at grades 8 and 12. Numerous groups are calling for states to bolster civic education programs in schools. Some advocates of civic education contend a decline in volunteer rates is connected to a lack of civic literacy taught in schools.

The upcoming July 4th holiday marks an excellent opportunity to sit back and reflect on the state of civics instruction in public schools. It's easy to see young people standing on sidewalks waving flags during holiday parades or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the school day and believe students are universally receiving a solid civics education in school. Despite these images there is overwhelming evidence that the quantity and quality of civics education a student receives in school depends to a large extent on where he or she lives.

Advocates of requiring financial education to be taught in schools contend that in today’s complex economy, young people need to learn financial literacy skills more than ever. What students are learning, however, depends to a large degree on where they live. Only four states—Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia—require at least a one-semester course devoted to personal finance. 

States aren’t waiting for reauthorization of the federal education law to find ways to boost academic achievement and student success. That education reform effort has already started and will continue in 2011. Despite delays at the national level, states are implementing a variety of strategies and initiatives to ensure students are prepared for the future. State legislatures will play an important role in preparing students for college and a career. States will tackle policy positions to implement common academic standards, close continuing achievement gaps, adequately prepare future teachers and find dollars to fund public education.

Policymakers across the country are facing one of the most challenging sessions in decades, due in large part to the economic woes caused by the Great Recession. From health care reform to the end of funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, here are some of the top issues facing legislators this year according to the policy staff at The Council of State Governments.

As the result of a unanimous decision made in November by its Board of Education, South Dakota has become the eighth state in the Midwest to adopt the Common Core State Standards.

Stateline Midwest, Volume 19, No. 11- December 2010

As the result of a unanimous decision made in November by its Board of Education, South Dakota has become the eighth state in the Midwest to adopt the Common Core State Standards....