A Path of Progress: State and District Stories of High Standards Implementation

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In 2010, most states adopted new, more rigorous standards to better prepare our nation’s students for post-secondary success and the demands of the 21st century. In most cases, states adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and others adapted those standards or developed their own. Now six years later, the nation’s state education chiefs want to continue to learn how these standards are being successfully implemented in states and classrooms across the country. They want examples of how state and local education agencies are preparing administrators, teachers, and students to meet the new college- and-career ready standards and impact student achievement.

This report by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) provides examples of how the new college- and career-ready standards are being implemented across the country. It is a resource for chiefs and deputies who want to know how their peers at the state and local levels have implemented college- and career-ready standards. This report shines a light on strategies states have utilized when implementing standards and shares with others strategies to adapt or borrow to meet the needs in their own states. Its intent is to foster dialogue and spur collaboration.

This report is also an opportunity to showcase the outstanding work that goes on in our nation’s classrooms. It provides a glimpse into how state policy impacts educators and students in the classroom, and how district leaders are working to prepare students to succeed after they graduate from high school.

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