Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII)

Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, president of NCEA shares some reflections on the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The mission of Catholic education is to provide a positive experience of God and the Church in the context of an excellent academic education. Academic excellence resulting from a rigorous curriculum is one of the hallmarks of Catholic schools, and the success of our students is continually demonstrated by superior scores on standardized tests and virtually a 100% high school graduation rate. Catholic school educators will never allow that to change.

NCEA affirms our Catholic school superintendents and principals as educational leaders and supports those administrators who have decided to adapt the Common Core State Standards into the rigorous curricula they develop for their schools. Catholic schools have traditionally held students to high standards and that is as true today as it has ever been.

As a professional membership organization, we are committed to assisting our members in their mission through professional development. As such, NCEA has conducted workshops throughout the United States on the integration of Catholic values into a rigorous academic curriculum designed to achieve - and exceed - the Common Core State Standards.

NCEA is committed to moving forward with our diocesan superintendents and Catholic school administrators to continue and enhance the tradition of academic excellence based on a rigorous curriculum infused with Catholic values as we prepare our students for this life ... and life everlasting. For more information read NCEA's official statement on Catholic schools and the Common Core State Standards. To learn more about the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) visit their website