For Immediate Release - July 21, 2010

STATEMENT OF LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TIMOTHY MURRAY ON COMMON CORE STANDARDS

BOSTON - Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray issued the following statement relative to this morning's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education vote to adopt Common Core Standards in Massachusetts.

"The overwhelming body of evidence and research has concluded that Common Core will add tremendous value as Massachusetts remains committed to ensuring every student receives access to an excellent education. Today's important action by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education means that Massachusetts students will stay at the top as we continue to institute increased standards and expectations and strengthen current rigorous assessment tools, like the MCAS, which will remain a requirement for graduation."

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