Academic Standards

Issue Brief and Resources

There is strong consensus that improved efforts must be directed to ensure rigorous standards. However, policy differences exist among major stakeholders regarding whether such standards should be developed and mandated by the federal government or whether such efforts can be taken by states and local school districts individually or collectively by groups of states to achieve this goal. NSBA strongly urges Congress to provide maximum authority and flexibility to the states in this effort.

Additional Resources

NSBA Issue Brief: The Common Core State Standards and Assessments

Education Leader Organizations Joint Statement on Common Core State Standards
May 29, 2013 - Four Education Leader Organizations Joint Statement on Common Core State Standards

NSBA: Common Core State Standards Need Time for Correct Implementation
NSBA press release May 29, 2013 - States need adequate time, professional development, and the technical infrastructure to properly transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the assessment requirements, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the major organizations representing school administrators say in a joint statement on the issue.

Testimony before the House Education & Labor Committee: December 8, 2009
Presented by Cathy Allen, Vice Chair of the St. Mary's County Maryland Board of Education, on "Improving Our Competitiveness: Common Core Education Standards"

NSBA Adopts Position on National Standards
NSBA press release June 2009 - NSBA adopts position on national standards

NSBA Policy Statement
State-Led Common Core Academic Standards

NSBA Statement for the Record on "Strengthening America's Competitiveness through Common Academic Standards"
Submitted to the House Committee on Education and Labor

NSBA Resolutions
As adopted April 3, 2009 by the Delegate Assembly in San Diego, California

Understanding Common Core Standards
Watch this Webinar, conducted by Patte Barth director of the Center for Public Education, to find out what you need to know before they go into effect in 2015.

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