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Write your state education commissioner

Secretary Arne Duncan announced that he will allow states to request additional time before using the outcome of new assessments based on the new Common Core State Standards.

This announcement acknowledges that implementing the standards requires resources, aligned curriculum, time and professional development to support great instruction to help all kids succeed.

It is now up to the state education chiefs to take advantage of the delay, and work actively with teachers and engage parents to ensure the rollout of the standards is successful. Tell your state education commissioners, the ball is in their court.