After years of debating the idea of national content standards, representatives from 41 states convened in Chicago today in what organizers hope will be a first, concrete step toward common guidelines in mathematics and English-language arts.
The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers—the Washington-based groups that are co-sponsoring the meeting—want to build a prototype of high school graduation standards by summer, and grade-by-grade academic standards in math and language arts by the end of the year.
The undertaking would start with rigorous math and language arts standards that are aligned with college- and career-ready expectations and made available for states to adopt voluntarily.
Earlier this year, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Achieve, Inc. released this report (PDF) calling for the development of state and national standards based on ‘international benchmarking.’
NOTE: I previously blogged about the limitations of international benchmarking in March of this year. That post can be found here.