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Common Core State
Standards Policy Initiative


Raleigh, North Carolina

July 7, 2010



Jeane Joyner, past president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, stressed that there must be intense professional development to help teachers understand what is in the Common Core State Standards. “I think common core standards give us both an opportunity and a challenge,” she noted. “Teachers teach well what they understand. The problem is, teachers don’t understand these standards.”


 Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System, said it is important to have higher education sitting at the table when discussing adoption and implementation of Common Core State Standards. “You don’t want us to be skeptical of the situation and not believe the standards, at the end of the day, are going to lead to changes in what we have right now,” he said.
North Carolina Rep. Susan Fisher and Michael Gilligan, finance and development director for the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, discuss common core state standards. The North Carolina State Board of Education adopted common core June 3.









Howard Lee, executive director of the North Carolina Education Cabinet, and Linda Suggs, North Carolina advocacy consultant, discuss a point at The Council of State Governments’ Common Core State Standards Education Policy Roundtable, held July 7 in Raleigh. Lee said Gov. Bev Perdue supports common core; it meshes well with her education platform, “Ready, Set, Go!,” which stresses the need for alignment between high school and college curriculums.