ACTE Techniques October 2011 : Page 22

CoMMoN CoRE STATE STANDARDS PreParing Now for Common Core: a State and LoCaL View By STEPHEN D e WITT F 22 Techniques OCTOBER 2011 orty-four states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Is -lands have formally adopted the Common Core State Standards (Common Core), and implementation is scheduled to begin in 2014—not that far away when you think about all that needs to be put in place. It’s important for local educators and administrators to actively engage in the Common Core discussion to ensure that career and technical educa-tion (CTE) is included as states and school districts work on plans. Some states and school districts have involved CTE early as active participants in planning, but others have not yet focused on how CTE will be incorporated. Whether you agree with the development of the standards or not, Common Core offers unique oppor -tunities for CTE, and it is important to identify how to leverage this work to the benefit of students. The National Governors Association (NGA) and Council of Chief State School

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