WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced the individuals who will develop the K-12 standards for English-language arts and mathematics in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). Fifty-one states and territories have joined this state-led process.

The draft college and career-readiness standards, the first step in this initiative, were released in September and are available at www.corestandards.org. The K-12 standards for English-language arts and mathematics will align with the college- and career-readiness standards. They also will be research and evidence-based, aligned with college and workforce training program expectations, reflective of rigorous content and skills and internationally benchmarked.

The K-12 standards development process has a parallel structure to the college- and career-readiness standards, with a work group drafting the standards and receiving continual input from outside experts and practitioners.

The Work Group for K-12 standards development is composed of individuals representing multiple stakeholders and a range of expertise and experience in assessment, curriculum design, cognitive development, early childhood, early numeracy, child development, English-language acquisition and elementary, middle, and postsecondary education.

The Feedback Group will continue in its current capacity for the K–12 standards, providing information backed by research to inform the standards development process by offering expert input on draft documents. Click here to view the list of work and feedback group members.

"The Common Core State Standards Initiative allows states to work together to develop common standards that will ensure our students are prepared for the future," said Dane Linn, director of the NGA Center's Education Division. "The K-12 standards will articulate and help us make sure students are on track to meet the college- and career-readiness expectations."

"These standards, both the college- and career-ready and the K-12, are the critical first step for the transformation of our state education systems" stated Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. "We're committed to ensuring students are achieving to their highest levels and given every opportunity throughout their education to do so."

The draft K-12 standards are expected to be released by early 2010. States and national organizations will have the opportunity to review and provide evidence-based feedback on the draft documents throughout the process. As with the college- and career- readiness standards, the NGA Center and CCSSO will solicit public feedback on the K-12 standards at www.corestandards.org.

An advisory group also has been formed to provide advice and guidance on the initiative. Members of this group include experts from Achieve, Inc., ACT, the College Board, the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Higher Education Executive Officers. For more information, please visit www.corestandards.org.

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Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors and one of Washington, D.C.'s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, visit www.nga.org.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public. www.ccsso.org.