A final version of common academic standards for English and math instruction in U.S. schools was released Wednesday by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards -- posted at www.corestandards.org -- outline what students should know in each grade, from elementary school through high-school graduation. Many states are expected to adopt the standards, but others such as Virginia, Texas and Alaska say they will not participate. The standards took a year to develop and led to more than 10,000 public comments.

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