The CCSS are almost always touted as being “state led” and created with a wide range of input from educators, states, researchers and more. The “state led” effort that wrote the CCSS is really two private trade organizations based in Washington DC, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). They partnered with an education reform organization, Achieve, Inc, to create the CCSS. These three groups claimed that Achieve, Inc was “already writing the standards” in a report published in 2008 (see page 24 of “Benchmarking for Success”
Private money payed for much of the process that led private organizations to write the CCSS.
The CCSS are copyrighted by the NGA and the CCSSO.