Forty six states have agreed to work on common standards that include college readiness. But they are working on only one of four types of statewide standards-eg content standards for English, math etc. Content standards include what should be taught in a subject like Algebra 2.
But the other three types of standards must follow to allow classroom implementation.
- assessment standards specify what needs to be in a state test and whether the assessment will cover all the content standards
-performance standards set a cut score on an assessment to specify proficient student attainment
-opportunity to learn standards specify what educators need to teach to the standards- eg textbooks, teacher preparation etc.
So the 46 state exercise is just the beginning of a complex and many faceted journey.