Dana Center's Cathy Seeley discusses Common Core State Standards Initiative on Tavis Smiley radio show

Posted on April 14 2010

The Common Core Standards Initiative has released drafts of the proposed grade-by-grade standards for K–12 mathematics and English-language arts for review by the public.

This week, the Tavis Smiley radio show is airing an interview with Dana Center Senior Fellow Cathy Seeley about the standards and their potential impact on future generations of students. Dr. Seeley’s interview is paired with an interview with Gene Wilhoit of the Council of Chief State School Officers, one of the groups leading the CCSS effort.

Listen to the show here.

History of the Common Core State Standards Initiative

In early 2009, governors and state commissioners of education from across the country joined a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12.

Development of the standards is being coordinated jointly by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), in partnership with Achieve, ACT, and the College Board. The first step of this initiative was developing college- and career-readiness standards, which were developed in 2009.

As of September 2009, 48 states and the District of Columbia have signed agreements to consider using these standards in their own standards work. (Texas and Alaska have not entered into an agreement.)

The NGA Center and CCSSO have created an expert validation committee to provide an independent review of the common core state standards as well as the grade-by-grade standards. They have also received feedback on the standards from national organizations representing, among others, teachers, civil rights groups, postsecondary education institutions (including community colleges), English language learners, and students with disabilities. The NGA Center and CCSSO welcome and encourage further feedback.

The Dana Center has supported the Common Core Standards work by providing examples for some of the college- and career-readiness standards in mathematics. In addition, Dana Center Executive Director Uri Treisman served on the expert validation committee for the college- and career-readiness standards and continues to serve on the expert validation committee for the K-12 mathematics standards.