Alaska Considers Standards Similar to CCSS

Alaska, one of only four states that has not adopted Common Core State Standards, is poised to adopt educational standards that closely mirror the standards being adopted nationally, but which don’t carry the label, “Common Core State Standards.” The Associated Press reports officials are proposing new standards for K-12 education, including an emphasis on speaking and listening skills, as they seek to boost rigor and create more well-rounded students.

As with the Common Core State Standards, Alaska’s new proposed standards would only affect math and English Language Arts. Other core subject standards would remain unchanged. The newspaper quoted an education department spokesman as saying the standards were created by Alaskans and are comparable in rigor to standards being adopted nationally.

Alaska’s Board of Education is scheduled to consider the standards during a two-day meeting this week.