The September Spotlight highlights the draft college and career readiness standards released by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers

The National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers have released draft college and career readiness standards, as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is supported by 48 states and three territories. The goal of this initiative is to develop common core state standards in English language arts and mathematics for grades K–12. According to the initiative’s partnership, the draft standards define the knowledge and skills students should have to be prepared to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The partnership is accepting feedback on the draft standards until October 21, 2009.