Common Core Standards

As tests measuring measuring students’ mastery of Common Core education standards begin in states across the country, many parents, students — and even educators — are left with questions. To help boost understanding of the state standards, and why they will help our children succeed in school and life, NewsOne and the National Urban League sat down […]

According to the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which measured 65 countries, 29 countries outperformed the United States in math and 22 in science. The city of Shanghai was two full years ahead of Massachusetts, our top-ranking state. There is an opportunity for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to enhance education in […]

Previously, this column examined how the equitable implementation of Common Core Math standards contributes to our children’s readiness for college and their success in the 21st century job market. Today, we’ll focus on the English Language Arts (ELA) standards. According to the Nation’s Report Card, published by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), only […]

Part of the mission of the Put Our Children 1st campaign is to facilitate an understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in simple terms. Over the past year, we have been concerned about the propensity to mislabel CCSS as a federal dictation of curriculum across the nation. The truth, however, is stated in the […]

Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League recently joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss how the Common Core initiative differs from federal education initiatives. During their dialogue, Martin asked Morial about obtaining the necessary funding to implement Common Core standards nationwide. Morial explained that there needs to be “a parallel move to equalize […]

  For more than a century, the National Urban League has been an advocate for educational excellence, equality and fairness. We support Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a viable means to help close the achievement gap and to provide the roadmap to prepare our students for college, a changing 21st century workforce, and a […]

If you’re not clear about how changing educational standards are affecting your children, especially Common Core State Standards, it’s okay. You’re not alone, and the National Urban League wants to help. “We’ve got a big investment helping parents understand what these expectations are, what these goals are  and why it’s good,” the organization’s president and CEO, Marc Morial, […]