For decades, the United States maintained various academic quality standards among states, resulting in wide disparities in student proficiency as measured under the No Child Left Behind Act and highlighted by National Assessment of Education Progress scores.
The adoption of the common core state standards by more than 40 states might be the first step toward meaningful and comprehensive comparisons of student performance and achievement among states. Under these new standards, educators across the country will work under the same guidelines for what students need to know and are expected to do.
ASCD is an endorsing partner of the common core initiative. The newer, higher standards will require schools and communities to better and more comprehensively support student learning if students are to meet these enhanced expectations.
For the common core standards to succeed and have maximum effect, they also need to be part of a well-rounded, whole child approach
to education that ensures students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.