How Members are Prioritizing Standards and Assessments
February 21, 2017

2017 Outlook

Years after the Common Core State Standards were first introduced, education reform advocates are still committed to defending rigorous academic standards. This year, advocates are less likely to name state standards as a high priority, though are ready to play defense in case high standards are threatened.

Key Takeaways

  • 36 percent of respondents are planning to engage on the issue as a high priority or on the to-do list.
  • More than any other category, standards are an issue the Network is watching carefully. Over half of respondents, 52 percent, stated they were watching the issue carefully.
  • Of the groups that said standards are a high priority, most plan to fight potential repeal or rollback.

State Snapshot

18 members in 15 states are planning to engage on these issues, either as a high priority or on the to-do list, in 2017. Click the map to see the full list.

High Priority Issues

Below, you’ll see lists of member organizations who said standards and assessments were a high priority and are working on similar policies. If you’re interested in connecting with any of the organizations listed below, ask Laura for an e-intro.

11 Organizations said defending and improving standards are a high priority

  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana
  • Idaho Business for Education
  • Partnership for Learning
  • Prichard Committee
  • Stand for Children Colorado
  • Stand for Children Illinois
  • Stand for Children Louisiana
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • The Education Trust-New York

6 Organizations said assessments are a high priority

  • Democrats for Education Reform Louisiana
  • Partnership for Learning
  • Stand for Children Illinois
  • The Education Trust-Midwest
  • Foundation for Florida’s Future
  • Texas Aspires


Looking for expertise or thought partners on standards and assessment issues?

Below are members who offered to be thought partners or resources on this issue.

Organization Name Topic
ConnCAN Sean Matteson Standards

Members most frequently mentioned Achieve, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, The Education Trust, the Center for American Progress, and the Collaborative for Student Success as go-tos for advice and resources on standards and assessments.

PIE Network

PIE Network supports and promotes a network of education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education in their states so that every student graduates world-ready.

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