Timeline of Common Core in Alabama

2004 | Significant concerns are raised nationally after the release of, “Ready or Not: Creating a High school Diploma that Counts” - found that a high school diploma “has lost value” because graduates are not adequately prepared for college or career.

2005 | American Diploma Project Network launches to make college and career readiness a priority in all states.

2008 | The nation is called into action by state governors, state superintendents and education leaders, to raise the academic bar for all students, and the Common Core State Standards initiative was launched.

2009 | Alabama State Board of Education votes to join the Common Core State Standards initiative and participates in their development.

2010 | First draft of Common Core State Standards receives input by the public, including experts from the Alabama Reading Initiative and Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, and final version is released. Alabama State Board of Education charges the state’s English and math Course of Study committees with reviewing the new standards, and the state adopts them based on the recommendation from both committees - made up of Alabama educators.

2011 | Alabama State Department of Education begins professional development for teachers, preparing them to teach students at higher levels. Alabama State Board of Education affirms its authority over and ownership of its educational standards, renaming them, “Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.”

2012 | Alabama begins implementation of new math standards in public K-12 schools.

2013 | Alabama State Board of Education votes to replace the Alabama Reading and Math Test with the ACT Aspire test for grades 3 – 8, to better align assessments with higher standards. Alabama begins implementation of new English standards in public K-12 schools.

2014 | Alabama State Board of Education makes changes to the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards after a review by Alabama educators, and continues annual reviews by state educators to improve upon them as needed.