August 6, 2012

Jefferson City - The National Governor's Association announced today that Missouri is one of three states selected to participate in a national initiative to implement the Common Core State Standards at the college and university level.

The NGA will provide $65,000 and ongoing technical assistance to Missouri to bring together K-12 and higher education teachers and administrators to ensure that Common Core State Standards are widely understood and implemented.

The Common Core State Standards initiative spells out academic expectations in English and mathematics. The standards define the knowledge and skills all students should master in order to succeed in college and career. They were created through a state-led initiative and have been adopted by more than 45 states, including Missouri. 

The grant will help fund development of a model curriculum to be used by schools of education to prepare new teachers to use the Common Core State Standards. It will also enable working groups made up of high school and college personnel to align their efforts to help students meet the new standards.

David Russell, commissioner of higher education, said the grant is confirmation that Missouri efforts to set expectations for students in the areas of English and mathematics are on the right track.

"In 2007, the Department of Higher Education brought together representatives from all sectors of K-12 and postsecondary education to launch the Curriculum Alignment Initiative," Russell said. "By providing this funding, the National Governor's Association has recognized Missouri as a leader in setting and implementing academic standards that will help our students succeed."

The NGA said the Common Core State Standards are a major step forward in education reform, with far-reaching implications for K-12 and postsecondary education.

Funding for the initiative is provided by the Hewlett and Lumina foundations.