New Haven, Connecticut –The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) released the following statement today, from executive director Jeffery Villar, in response to the GOP’s calling for public hearings on the implementation of Common Core:

“Although we are always supportive of public discourse, we will oppose any delay in implementation of the Common Core State Standards. It’s important for us to have an open dialogue about the challenges and successes with implementation. This will enable us to learn from each other about how we can make these reforms truly transformative and effective. However, there is absolutely no reason to delay implementation of the Common Core.”

“The Common Core State Standards were adopted by Connecticut in 2010, so districts have had plenty of time to establish aligned curricula and instruction. At this point, all schools should already have been teaching curricula that are Common Core aligned, and all students should already have been adjusting to these new standards for several years. Any push back on implementation is both unnecessary and counter-productive.”

About the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization that works to close the achievement gap while raising academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between minority and children and their peers. We support reforms that advance best practices and innovations in education to ensure that every child has an exceptional education. We do our work primarily by: (1) advocating for state policies and state and local practices that research shows have the best chance of raising achievement for high-need student populations; (2) working directly with districts to build strong systems that will support reform efforts; and (3) raising public awareness about the need to affect long-term, sweeping change in the public education system. Our Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who are deeply committed to our mission.


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