Standards and Assessments

The Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts is one of the most important changes in U.S. education policy in several decades. These standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia—significantly more than originally anticipated. An essential next step in translating the Common Core State Standards into practice is the development of aligned assessments.

The nation also needs to develop new science standards--a process that should begin with a wholesale review of existing standards rather than incremental revisions. While the adoption and implementation of science standards presents special challenges, the Education Program is fully committed to seeing this process through to completion. In addition, the Corporation is supporting work to create standards for English language proficiency, a project that cuts across education and immigrant integration objectives.  

Priorities for the coming year include:

  • Continuing to support the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts, supporting educational leaders in states and districts as they confront the implications of the rigorous new academic demands for students and schools.
  • Ensuring completion of high-quality science standards and successful coordination of the roles of key organizations. 
  • Advancing the development of science learning assessments and of English language proficiency standards.