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On February 11, 2010, in an unprecedented joint meeting, the chairs of the Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Education Professional Standards Board signed a resolution directing their respective agencies to implement the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics. This act formalized Kentucky’s commitment to integrate the nascent standards into the state’s public education system – the first state to do so. This article will trace the antecedents to Kentucky’s adoption of the standards as one expression of the late 20th century/early 21st century “corporate school reform movement” as manifested in the Commonwealth. The state that led America to reconsider how its schools should be funded, now celebrated a new-found spirit of interagency cooperation as it leapt at the opportunity to join with other states in an effort to define what students needed to know, and be able to do.


Submitted with permission from the Editor of the Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning.

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Kentucky Journal of Excellence in College Teaching and Learning