Common Core State Standards Initiative
As the nation’s largest volunteer child advocacy association with over five million members who are parents, students, and teachers, the National Parent Teacher Association is uniquely positioned to be an influential and credible voice in advancing the Common Core State Standards. Since its founding in 1897, PTA has worked toward its vision of making every child’s potential a reality. Ensuring high academic expectations for all students, regardless of their zip code, is aligned with PTA’s public policy priority of equity and opportunity for every child.
The CCSSI is a joint effort led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to develop a common core of K-12 standards in English language arts and Mathematics. The aim of this state-led initiative is to develop internationally-benchmarked standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career. To date, over 45 states have adopted the standards, in addition to the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoan Islands, US Virgin Islands and the Anchorage, AK School District.