September 21, 2009
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The U.S. Department of Education today issued the following statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the first official public draft of the college- and career-readiness standards in English-language arts and mathematics as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
“I applaud the leadership of this coalition of states in joining together to develop a common core of academic standards. The draft college- and career-ready standards that were released today as part of those efforts are an important step forward, and it is now in the hands of the public to provide critical feedback to state leadership. There is no work more important than preparing our students to compete and succeed in a global economy, and it is to the credit of these states that this work is getting done.”
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