The Common Core and the Catholic School: A Statement by the Superintendents of the Catholic Dioceses in Illinois

The superintendents of Catholic schools in the six dioceses of the state today issued a statement regarding Common Core State Standards in an effort to clarify that the standards are a set of educational goals students should seek to attain – they are not a curriculum.

Forty-five states, including Illinois, have adopted the voluntary Common Core State Standards, which were developed to establish a clear set of educational expectations for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Teachers, parents, school administrators and education experts worked with state education officials to develop the Common Core. The federal government was not involved in the development of the standards.

The state’s six Catholic school superintendents support the work of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII). The CCCII is a national, collaborative group of Catholic universities, corporations and sponsors focused on helping Catholic schools and dioceses implement Common Core standards into a school curriculum while maintaining a Catholic identity.

The statement follows: