Common Core Timeline

  • June 2008—The Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership, which had received a $2.2 million grant from the Gates Foundation the previous month to promote the adoption of national standards among governors, hosts a conference with the National Governors Association (NGA) to explore strategies to make the United States a global leader in education.1
  • 2008—NGA and the Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO) begin accepting grants from private organizations to write Common Core.2
  • December 2008—NGA, CCSSO, and Achieve provide the Obama Administration with Benchmarking for Success outlining the state adoption of a common core of internationally benchmarked standards and assuring that state textbooks, curricula, and assessments are aligned to these standards as two of the top five priorities.
  • February 17, 2009—The American Recovery and Restoration Act authorizes the Race to the Top program (RTTT), and Secretary Duncan announces that $5 billion have been allotted for education incentives.
  • March 7, 2009—The RTTT program is announced. Applying states had to demonstrate their willingness and readiness to adopt common “college- and career-ready” standards. (This was listed as an “Absolute priority” on the RTTT score sheet.)
  • June 1, 2009—The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative is launched, and 48 states sign a memorandum committing to the development of standards.
  • September 2009—The first draft of CCSS is released by NGA and CCSSO.
  • January 19, 2010—The deadline for Phase I of RTTT.
  • March 2010—The second draft of CCSS is released.
  • April 14, 2010—Stage II applications for RTTT funding requiring states to commit to adopt “a common set of K–12 standards by August 2, 2010” are due.
  • June 2, 2010—The final Common Core State Standards are published.
  • August 2, 2010—RTTT Stage II application revision deadline. Revisions must demonstrate each state’s implementation efforts. Thirty-one states (and the District of Columbia) have already adopted the Common Core.
  • December 31, 2010—Ten more states have adopted the Common Core, and five more will join by the end of 2011.
  • 2013–14—TARGET: All participating states will have fully implemented the Common Core into their curricula.
  • 2014–15—TARGET: States in consortia will administer new assessments.

1 Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins, “Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America,” A Pioneer Institute White Paper no. 87 (May 2012): 3.

2 Ibid.