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K-12 Common Standards Expected To Be Released in December

By Sean Cavanagh — November 10, 2009 1 min read

The second part of a draft of common, multistate standards is expected to be unveiled in mid-December, an official involved in the planning process said last week.

Leaders of the Common Core State Standards Initiative put forward a draft of college- and career-readiness standards in English/language arts and mathematics in September. Now they are working on K-12 standards, and a first version of that document should be ready by the middle of next month, according to Dane Linn, the director of the education division at the National Governors Association’s Center for Best Practices. He spoke at a Nov. 4 forum held by the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

The NGA and the Council of Chief State School Officers are guiding the standards effort; 48 states have agreed to take part. Mr. Linn also said his team has surveyed state officials about how soon they might adopt common standards, once completed. Of 41 states that responded, 16 predicted that work could be done in one to six months, Mr. Linn said; 15 said it could take six to 12 months; 10 others said it would take 12 months or more. (“States Slow Standards Work Amid ‘Common Core’ Push,” this issue.)

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A version of this article appeared in the November 11, 2009 edition of Education Week as K-12 Common Standards Expected To Be Released in December

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