College and Career-Ready Standards

Across the country, states have chosen to implement higher standards that will prepare all students for success after high school by adopting and implementing college-and career-ready standards. As a result, students are gaining a deeper understanding of subject matter, are learning to think critically, and are applying their learning to real-world problems. In 2009, we coordinated with the NGA Center on a state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards, a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and english language arts (ELA) that define clear and consistent K-12 learning goals for students in order to graduate high school prepared to succeed in college, entry-level careers, and life. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core. Learn more about college-and career-ready standards

Leader Standards

Through our partnerships with national education organizations including the National Policy Board for Educational Administration, the Wallace Foundation and the Center for Great Teachers and Leaders, we are re-conceptualizing the ways school leaders are attracted, prepared, developed and retained.  Our goal is to assist states in creating and implementing aligned, coherent, and comprehensive state systems that are based on high standards of performance, are accountable for results, and support, develop and reward educators across the career continuum. These partner agencies have worked with us to develop multiple documents which articulate the standards required to succeed in this profession. Learn more about effective leadership

Teacher Standards

An effective teacher must be able to integrate content knowledge with the specific strengths and needs of students to assure that all students learn and perform at high levels. We assist states in implementing new standards through proactive engagement and outreach, and by connecting chiefs with the tools they need to help schools and teachers bring the standards to life for their students.  Our standards are a corner stone for our members as they promote their expectations to the educator workforce. We do this by partnering with organizations who develop tools and resources to identify standards in teacher licensing, program approval, and professional development. Learn more about the teacher workforce.