Out of Many, One: Toward Rigorous Common Core Standards From the Ground Up


Achieve, the Education Trust, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, and the National Alliance of Business launched the American Diploma Project (ADP) in 2001 to help states prepare all students for success by aligning high school standards with real-world demands. Since 2005, 22 states have adopted ADP’s research-identified college- and career-ready core benchmarks in language, communication, writing, research, logic, informational text, media and literature.

This report explains how the core standards were determined, updates readers on ADP’s progress nationwide, and finds that a voluntary, state-led effort towards a common rigorous core for all students is possible, desirable and well within reach. Free, 31 pages. (202) 419-1540,


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