Washington, D.C. — November 13, 2017 — Achieve today released a new report  analyzing the English language arts (ELA)/literacy and mathematics standards of the 24 states that have reviewed and revised these standards after initially adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The report, Strong Standards: A Review of Changes to State Standards Since the Common Core , found most states kept their standards rigorous and maintained college- and career-ready expectations for students.
“The state of state standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts is quite strong; they provide the necessary foundation to prepare students for college and careers,” said Achieve President Mike Cohen. “The effect of the Common Core is clear – the state standards we reviewed, while unique to each state, and with few exceptions, incorporate the evidence-based characteristics of high quality standards on which the Common Core was designed.
Soon after development in 2010, 45 states adopted the Common Core. Over the past several years, however, standards reviews were triggered in 24 states largely in response to mounting political opposition to the CCSS or associated testing and accountability policies.
With the political battles largely subsided, Achieve reviewed the revised math and ELA standards across the country, looking at the extent to which states standards continue to incorporate evidence-based characteristics of strong college- and career-ready standards. The reviews were completed using the indicators of high-quality standards that that Achieve developed drawing on over 20 years of reviewing education standards.
“Maintaining overall strength and quality is a testament to the courage and dedication of state education leaders and the educators in each state who were involved in the development of their new state standards,” continued Cohen.
High-level findings for ELA
High-level findings for mathematics
To read the full analysis, please see the report .