ACTE Techniques October 2011 : Page 16

CoMMoN CoRE STATE STANDARDS CTE and ThE Common Core STaTE STandardS By SuSAN REESE hen the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the Common Core State Standards in June 2010, it was the culmination of a yearlong process. It resulted in what the two organizations stated was the establishment of clear and consistent goals for learning that would prepare America’s children for success in college and work. According to NGA and CCSSO, the K-12 English-language arts and mathematics standards were developed in collaboration with content experts, states, teachers, school admin -istrators and parents, and the final stan -dards were informed by nearly 10,000 public comments and by standards in other top-performing countries. Among the organizations that provided feedback were the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teach -ers of Mathematics and the International Reading Association. W The criteria used in creating the Common Core State Standards are: • They are aligned with expectations for college and career success. • They are clear, understandable and consistent across all states. • They include rigorous content and the application of knowledge through high-order skills. • They build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards. • They are realistic, for effective use in the classroom. • They are informed by other top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society. • They are evidence-and research-based. Among those who expressed support when the standards were released was the Association for Career and Technical Education’s (ACTE) executive director, Jan Bray, who said, “The K-12 standards work recognizes that students in the United States are now competing in an international environment and will need to meet international benchmarks to remain relevant in today’s workplace. We are pleased that both college and career readiness have been considered as the standards were developed; we view this work as foundational in the effort to ad-dress the full range of academic, employ -ability and technical skills that students need to be successful.” Kimberly Green, executive direc -tor of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc), noted, “The Common Core State Standards initiative is an important step forward in ensuring that the United States remains competi -tive in the global economy. Career and technical education (CTE) shares the initiative’s goal that all students must be college-and career-ready. CTE programs that incorporate the Common Core 16 Techniques OCTOBER 2011

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