Resolution on Common Core State Standards

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WHEREAS,  educational standards help teachers ensure that their students have the skills and knowledge needed to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning;

WHEREAS, standards ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce.  Common standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state;

WHEREAS,  common standards will provide a greater opportunity to share experiences and best practices within and across states that will improve our ability to best serve the needs of the students;

WHEREAS,  standards also help students and parents by setting clear and realistic goals for success.  Standards are a first step, a key building block, in providing our young people with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and work.  Standards are not the only strategy that is needed for student success, but they provide an accessible roadmap for students, educators and parents;

WHEREAS, legislators will have a significant role to play in key components related to common core state standards, including assessment, improving pre-service teacher education programs and crating data systems to determine which students are making gains; and

WHEREAS, there is a necessity to increase the number of young people who earn a postsecondary degree or certificate with value in the marketplace.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages state    policymakers to gain information about the common core state standards, increase their awareness on what implications the standards have for their state and ensure collaboration with their state Board of Education and state-level department of instruction as the initiative unfolds.                             

Adopted this 22nd Day of May 2010 at the Economic Summit of the States in New York, New York.