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September 2012 Perspective

September 2012 Perspective

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Achieve's September 2012 Perspective newsletter. More information on Achieve is at www.achieve.org
Achieve's September 2012 Perspective newsletter. More information on Achieve is at www.achieve.org

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Common CoreComing to ArkansasSchools
KTHV reports studentsin Arkansasclassrooms will havenew learning standardsthan they have had inprevious years. TheCommon Core StateStandards are beingimplemented in schoolsacross the state. Thegoal is to get studentsready for college andtheir future professions.Read the article andwatch the video.More... 
Perspective Newsletter Sept. 2012
 
Commentary 
 
New 50-State Report From Achieve Details States'Commitment to College and Career Readiness
 With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college-and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve'sseventh annual"Closing the Expectations Gap"report shows how states
 
are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals tostudents about what it means to be academically prepared for collegeand careers after high school graduation. And, for the first time, thereport details not only states' progress in adopting the college- andcareer-ready agenda but also their efforts to implement those policiessince only faithful implementation will positively impact studentachievement. Achieve conducts an annualsurvey that asks all 50 states andthe District of Columbia whether they have adopted standards,graduation requirements,assessments, and accountabilitysystems aligned to theexpectations of two- and four-year colleges and employers. Thenational survey of state educationleaders has measured the sameareas of reform each year sincethe National Governors Association and Achieve co-sponsored the National EducationSummit in 2005.Today, every state has taken thecritical first step towards reorienting the mission of their K-12 systems toreflect the demands of the 21st century by adopting college- and career-ready standards in the core content areas of mathematics andEnglish/Literacy. The report shows that states generally are making
 
Education Nation:Common Core aBlueprint for Success
NBC News educationsummit in New York -Education Nation - hasbeen placing thespotlight on educationthis week. Utah's KSLreports that in an effortto improve our nation'seducation system andmake students better prepared for collegeand careers, CommonCore State Standardsare now beingimplemented. "I'mexcited that I'm goingto be teaching my sixthgraders the samethings they are going tobe learning in NewYork, in Florida inCalifornia," said MaryJo Naylor, a 6th gradeteacher at Eagle BayElementary. "Thecritical thing is todaythey need more mathand science skills andthey need to know howto think critically," saidTom Luce, Chairman of the National Math andScience Initiative.More... To watch EducationNation's various paneldiscussions, interviews,and town hall meetingson key issues ineducation, go here.  some movement toward fulfilling the college- and career-ready agendaby putting policies in place to support this new mission, but there are anumber of areas where much more progress can be, and needs to be,made.The major findings from the survey include:
 
Standards:
All 50 states and the District of Columbia haveadopted standards aligned to the expectations of college andcareers. Forty-six states and DC have adopted the CommonCore State Standards, while four have state-developed CCRstandards. By 2015-16, all English language arts andmathematics instruction should reflect CCR expectations.
 
Graduation Requirements:
Today, 23 states and the District of Columbia have adopted college- and career-ready graduationrequirements that mandate all students to meet the full set of expectations defined in the CCSS or state-developed CCRstandards. Hawaii, Iowa, and Washington raised their graduationrequirements to the college- and career-ready level in 2011.
 
Assessments:
Eighteen states currently administer high schoolassessments capable of producing a readiness score thatpostsecondary institutions use to make placement decisions.Four new states - Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wyoming- joined this list in 2011 by adopting a policy to administer acollege- and career-ready test to its high school students. It isexpected that 44 states and the District of Columbia participatingin one or both Race to the Top assessment consortia will meetthe criteria when the next generation assessments areadministered for the first time in 2014-2015. 
 
Accountability:
A majority of states, 32, have now incorporatedat least one of four accountability indicators that Achieve hasidentified as critical to promoting college and career readiness. As in last year's report, only Texas meets Achieve's criteriaregarding the use of all indicators in its college- and career-ready accountability system. Additionally, four states - Florida,Georgia, Indiana, and Kentucky - have included the use of multiple college- and career-ready indicators in their accountability systems in multiple ways.Since last year, states have made important gains on the college- andcareer-ready agenda with all adopting college- and career-readystandards and additional states moving toward more assessments,graduation requirements, and accountability. Even as additionalprogress is made, however, states have further to go to ensure asuccessful implementation of standards and related policies. Statesand the broader group of stakeholders must make sure educators haveaccess to resources like quality instructional materials and effectiveprofessional development through the transition to the new standardsand beyond. Success is going to take the combined effort of all
 
Arizona DistrictReady for CommonCore
 Marana School Districthas made an early jump on standardizingtheir curriculum byimplementing theCommon Core, whichthey hope will improvethe quality of education.Parent DeleoGoodman, whosehusband is in themilitary, says aprogram that canstandardize curriculumacross state lineswould be comforting toher. "Something likethat sounds wonderfulfor us, especiallymilitary families or families that have tomove frequently,"Deleo Goodman toldNews 4 Tucson.More... 
Common Core inArkansas
Paragould Daily Pressreports that newstandards have beenintroduced to Arkansasschools that leaders,both in governmentand in education,believe will bring Arkansas students tothe same academicstandard as studentsacross the country.More... education stakeholders - students, teachers, principals, K-12 leaders,school board members, superintendents, administrators, policymakers,postsecondary education leaders, the business community, and parents.The sharing of a common set of standards by 46 states and the Districtof Columbia has produced unprecedented cross-state collaborationaround common assessments and gauging the quality of instructionalproducts. The next few years will be challenging for the college- andcareer-ready agenda but we must stay the course. Individually, stateshave made tremendous progress toward college and career readinessfor all, but progress has also been made because of their willingness tostand together en route to that goal. Because of this commitment by all50 states and the District of Columbia, college and career readiness isthe expectation for our students no matter where they live.To see a full copy of the report, go towww.achieve.org/ClosingtheExpectationsGap2012. 
 
News8th Annual American Diploma Project Network Leadership Team Meeting
 
"Closing the Expectation Gap 2012" was released at the opening
 
session of Achieve's eighth annual American Diploma ProjectLeadership Team Meeting in Alexandria, Va. Over 300 leaders from Achieve's 35-state American Diploma Project (ADP) Network convenedat this meeting - including K-12 chief state school officers, governor'seducation policy advisors, postsecondary leaders, state board members,state legislators and representatives from third-party organizations andnational education organizations. From an interactive workshop onimplementing transitional change with Dan Heath, the bestselling author of 
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard 
and a series of roundtable discussions on high-interest and high-priority topics related toadvancing the college- and career-ready agenda, to role-alike sessionswith colleagues from across the ADP Network and dedicated time tomeet in state teams, this year's meeting afforded participants atremendous opportunity to advance the college- and career-policyagenda in their states, with an eye toward coherence and alignment.Topics discussed included the economic and equity imperatives for thecollege- and career-ready agenda; transitioning state assessmentsystems; innovations in remedial education; college- and career-readygoals and public reporting; competency-based education systems;

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