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July 24, 2013

Survey: Most state education officials see no backtracking ahead on Common Core

A survey of state education officials finds that most states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English and math think it’s unlikely their states will reject them now.

The survey of was conducted during the spring by the Center on Education Policy, an advocacy group for public education based at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. (CEP’s report here).

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted both standards, and Minnesota has adopted the English standards only (background story).

"We found that, while there might be resistance to the Common Core, it isn't coming from state education agencies," CEP executive director Maria Ferguson said in a statement. "State leaders are more focused on finding resources and guidance to carry out the demanding steps required for full implementation."

Education officials from 40 states responded to CEP’s survey, including 39 that adopted both English and math standards.

Some key findings:

In 37 states, officials said it was unlikely that their states would reject the standards.

Only two states said they did not want federal assistance for implementing the standards.

The report keeps the states anonymous.

The GE Foundation also conducted a recent confidential survey about the Common Core. It got responses from 52 executives who attended GE’s Business and Education Summit this week in Orlando, Fla.

That survey found 87 percent of respondents said the standards are “mission critical to American business,” according to a press release. And 64 percent said they had “undertaken some efforts to support standards implementation.

 

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