Contact: Krista Zaharias (NGA), 202-624-5367
Contact: Kate Dando (CCSSO), 202-336-7034

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today commented on the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) governance suggestions released by the Fordham Institute.

"While there are many good recommendations within the report, there are some key differences in what a final governance structure will look like," said NGA Executive Director Raymond C. Scheppach. "One of the key differences for us is the involvement of the federal government in the governing structure. CCSSI is a state-led effort and needs to remain so."

The NGA Center and CCSSO also believe a more narrowed scope of work is needed for the new governance entity, which would include monitoring state adoption and providing oversight of future activities.

"Planning for the future success of the CCSSI is a top priority for the NGA Center and CCSSO," said CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit. "We currently are developing a governance structure to ensure the standards will remain strong, supported by states and lead to desired student and system outcomes. This is a thoughtful analysis of governance options and we thank the Fordham Institute for their valuable contribution to this work."

To date, 37 states and territories and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted the standards. In 2009, governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories, and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards for English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12. CCSSI is a state-led effort coordinated by the NGA Center and CCSSO.

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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.