Understanding the Common Core State Standards

April 22, 2010 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
United States

The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School officers recently released draft K-12 Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. These standards could represent an important step forward for American K-12 education, in that they are—their creators say—evidence-based, internationally benchmarked and lay out a logical, manageable grade-by-grade progression for what it will take for a student to graduate from high school college- and career-ready in ELA and mathematics. But how, exactly, do the draft standards accomplish this? Join us on Thursday, April 22, for a discussion of the Common Core State Standards. Learn more about the content, organization and focus of the standards. The discussion will include a review of the evidence base and an exchange on how the standards can provide a solid foundation for improving student achievement.


Jason Zimba, Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Bennington College, Student Achievement Partners and member of the CCSSI mathematics work team

David Coleman, President, Student Achievement Partners and member of the CCSSI English Language Arts work team


Chester E. Finn, Jr., President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute