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Standardistos stand together.


Your March 22 editorial "The National Standards Distraction" says Massachusetts and California are two of a handful of states considering whether to participate in the national Common Core Standards Initiative.

Both Massachusetts and California have been, and continue to be, deeply engaged in the development of these standards. For the past six months our curriculum experts have been asked to review drafts of the standards and have provided pages of suggestions for improvements.

We recognize the potential benefits the rollout of these standards could have on public education nationwide, and remain open-minded about the concept of a set of nationwide curriculum standards in English and math.

Given the strong quality of the current drafts, we remain optimistic about the direction in which the Common Core Standards are headed, and we look forward to our continued involvement in their development.

Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.
Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Jack O'Connell
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction

— Standardistos stand together.
Wall Street Journal


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