Monday, November 1, 2010

Oregon Becomes Latest State to Adopt Common Core State Standards

Oregon has become the most recent state to adopt the proposed Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. 

With Oregon’s adoption of the standards, 38 states, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands have now adopted these K-12 standards.  Neighboring states Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming have all adopted the standards.

The Idaho State Board of Education will consider these standards at its meeting in November. 

Idaho initially signed on to the Common Core State Standards Initiative in June 2009 to help develop these more rigorous, common standards in math and English language arts that are comparable with any country around the globe.

“We must ensure we build a public education system that prepares all students to be successful in life after high school. Idaho students are ready for this challenge,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative builds directly on previous efforts of leading organizations and states that have focused on developing college- and career-ready standards.

Adopting the common core standards is voluntary.  Staff from the State Department of Education traveled across the state in June and in September hosting two series of regional public meetings to explain the Common Core State Standards and to gather feedback.

Learn more about the Common Core State Standards and how they compare to Idaho’s current standards.

~ Melissa M.

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