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California State University Statement on State's Adoption of Common Core Standards

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(August 2, 2010) - Following today's adoption of the Common Core Standards by the state's Academic Standards Commission, California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed issued the following statement:

"Adoption of the Common Core Standards is a significant victory for California students and families, and will send a clear signal of what it takes to be ready for college. The rigor associated with the new standards for mathematics and English will better prepare students for college level academics, and ultimately, will speed their progress to a college degree. California led the nation once in the development of high and clear standards in K-12 education, and today's adoption to strengthen our standards is a large step forward to regaining our competitive advantage."

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