Governors play a critical role in ensuring teachers and principals are prepared to support students in meeting the expectations of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 English language arts/literacy and mathematics, according to a new issue brief released by the National Governors Association.

Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Educator Effectiveness, the first brief in a four-part series on CCSS implementation, focuses on policies to build the effectiveness of educators through preparation programs, licensure/certification, evaluations and professional development.

Governors should consider taking the following actions to support successful implementation:

  • Communicate a need and a vision for reform and engage parents and leaders from education, the community, business, and philanthropy;
  • Improve educator effectiveness;
  • Lead transitions in state accountability policies, state assessments and interventions to improve low-performing schools and struggling students; and
  • Create a structure to coordinate implementation activities and support its work by adopting the necessary policies and reallocating state resources.