WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of three states—Maryland, Missouri and Nevada—to receive assistance in mapping and executing the postsecondary implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The CCSS represent a major step forward in efforts to continue and accelerate education reform, with far-reaching implications for both K-12 and postsecondary education. To date, 45 states, three territories and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards.

The Common Core State Standards Postsecondary Collaborative is designed to accomplish four main objectives to support successful postsecondary implementation of the CCSS: 

  1. Identify necessary policy actions;
  2. Develop a communications and engagement plan;
  3. Engage multiple stakeholders; and
  4. Foster alignment and collaboration across education systems.

“Nevada has already developed a framework for CCSS implementation that recognized the importance of postsecondary involvement,” said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. “Although Nevada’s higher education system is well positioned and willing to fully support CCCS implementation, the Collaborative will help the state develop a comprehensive engagement plan.”

Grantee states will receive subgrants and ongoing technical assistance from NGA staff, the National Association of System Heads and the U.S. Education Delivery Institute as well as other national experts.

Funding for the Collaborative is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett and Lumina Foundations.

For more information, please visit www.nga.org/cms/center/edu.