[caption id="attachment_38596" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Key education stakeholders are urging adoption of the final standards."]Education stakeholders are urging adoption of the final standards.[/caption]

A year-long effort to define a common set of academic standards for English and math culminated on June 2 with the release of the final version of the Common Core State Standards, which aim to establish consistent learning goals across states.

The K-12 English, language arts, and math standards are intended to ensure that students in Kentucky have the same learning opportunities as students in Wisconsin, for instance, and were developed...

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