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Raising student achievement has never been so important to the United States. For the first time
in this country’
s history, our children may face a lower standard of living than their parents. At
the same time, many companies can’t find enough qualified workers to fill current job openings.
The Common Core State Standards is one of the most significant accomplishments in theeducation reform agenda, and has the potential to have more impact on improving studentachievement than any other initiative over the past twenty years. If these standards areimplemented with fidelity, American students will be prepared for whichever path
they choose, and, the United States will return to being an internationallycompetitive nation.Two national organizations played a key role in the development of the Common Corestandards. The National Governors Association (NGA), a membership organization representinggovernors in the fifty states, commonwealths and U.S. territories, and the Council of Chief StateSchool Officers (CCSSO), the national organization representing the state superintendents of schools. These groups decided to partner with Achieve, Inc., a non-profit supporting standards- based education reform, to create a task force that produced
Benchmarking for Success: Ensuring U.S. Students Receive a World-Class Education
This report laid out a set of recommendationsarticulating what it would take for the U.S. education system to be globally competitive.The National Governors Association is an organization in which governors from both parties
Republican and Democrat
work together on a range of policy issues: education,health, homeland security, workforce development, energy, and more.
Each party’s caucus
determines a leader to join a chairman, which rotates parties on an annual basis. In addition,there is also a committee structure (e.g., education, children and workforce) that informs the