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For Immediate Release Contact: Beverley Wheeler

September 30, 2009 202-741-0884

DC STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL HOLD JOINT HEARING


WITH THE OFFICE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
TO REVIEW THE PROPOSED COMMON CORE COLLEGE- AND CAREER-READINESS STANDARDS

Washington, DC – the DC State Board of Education (DCSBOE) will hold a joint public hearing
with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to review the proposed common core college and
career readiness standards.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at 441 4th Street, NW, in the District of
Columbia State Board of Education Chambers, located on the lobby level of the building.

This state-led proposal, coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National
Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), aims to create a common core state standards. The
proposed draft of the college- and career-readiness standards in English-language arts and mathematics intend to
establish what students should know to succeed in college courses and in the workforce. The initiative is led by
governors and chief state school officers in 51 states and territories.

Please review the latest standards. (http://www.corestandards.org/Standards/index.htm) DCSBOE and OSSE believe
that the use of the common core college and career readiness standards and engaging the community will result in a
strong and united entity that will combine the knowledge of many education stakeholders including parents, local
education agencies, business people, community organizations and renowned leaders in the education field among
others. It will incorporate international and national practices to improve education for America’s children.

Constituents who wish to comment at the public meeting are required to notify the State Board of Education by the
close of business Monday, October 5, 2009 by contacting the Executive Director, Beverley Wheeler, by phone at
(202) 741-0884 or by e-mail at Beverley.Wheeler@dc.gov . Please provide one electronic copy and bring fifteen
copies to the hearing for the Board Members to view. If you are unable to attend the hearing DCSBOE and OSSE
encourage you to submit comments at osse.publiccomment@dc.gov or to 441 4th Street, NW Washington, DC
Suite350N Attn: Jessica Morffi.

The hearing will air live on District Knowledge Network (DKN) Comcast Channel 99 and RCN Channel 18.

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