Taking the Long View: Common Core Implementation and the Continuing Quest for Equity

Malkeet Singh, Education Northwest

A key goal of both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is to deliver an education that prepares all students for life after high school. This goal is inseparable from the concept of equity and the effort to close the achievement and opportunity gaps. The 10 Regional Equity Assistance Centers (EACs), including the Region X EAC housed at Education Northwest, are among those that have made this connection explicit, stating that the promise of the CCSS “can only be realized if the standards are implemented with a sharp and consistent focus on ensuring education equity” and that “rigor alone does nothing to address the underlying causes of our longstanding achievement gap.”

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