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Embrace The Common Core

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In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. But is this the reform we'€™ve been looking for? Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start? Or will the Common Core raise the bar and improve the quality of our children'€™s education?


The Common Core standards offer several virtues in terms of innovation, collaboration, and personalized learning.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Joshua Bleiberg and Darrell West

They guarantee educational quality while leaving states, not Washington, in charge.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Bob Riley

Instituting new standards has opened the door for attempts to gut teacher evaluations and 'suspend' accountability.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Eric Hanushek

Empirical research provides some evidence that the Common Core math standards have the potential to increase student achievement.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
William Schmidt and Nathan Burroughs

The Common Core can help us build a baseline of data reliability that will help organize what has traditionally been a stubbornly opaque system.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Connor Williams

The Common Core, by its nature, must treat every child as essentially the same.

Friday, June 13, 2014
Neal McCluskey

What begins with mere national standards must breed ineluctable pressure to standardize educational content.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
George Will

Americans who cherish limited government must be constantly vigilant of pushes to centralize various aspects of our lives. Government intervention is a zero-sum game; every act of centralization comes at the expense of liberty and the civil society institutions upon which this country was founded.

Monday, October 7, 2013
Lindsey Burke

I fear that the Common Core plan of standards and testing will establish a test-based meritocracy that will harm our democracy by parceling out opportunity, by ranking and rating every student in relation to their test scores.”

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Diane Ravitch speech

Evidence shows that standards have little to no impact on student achievement.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tom Loveless

This site is the official home of the Common Core State Standards. It is hosted and maintained by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is the most recent iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), the major federal law authorizing federal spending on programs to support K-12 schooling. ESEA is the largest source of federal spending on elementary and secondary education.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

A new front has opened in the Common Core wars—over testing contracts.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Stephanie Simon and Caitlin Emma
Teachers & Teachers Unions

After years of battling conservative groups opposed to Common Core, supporters of the testing standards discovered Friday morning that one of their most avid allies, the American Federation of Teachers, is bailing on them too.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Haley Sweetland Edwards

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said he still believes the standards can improve education. But he said they will not succeed without a major 'course correction' — including possibly rewriting some of the standards and revising the related tests with teacher input.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Stephanie Simon

Nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach the Common Core Standards, according to a new survey.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Catherine Gewertz

The NEA found that the majority of its members either 'wholeheartedly' supported the standards (26 percent) or supported them with 'some reservations' (50 percent). The NEA is the nation's largest teachers union, representing roughly 3 million employees working in every education level, from preschool through college.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Allie Bidwell

35% of public school parents have a positive impression of the new education framework and 28% have a negative impression. 37% haven't heard of it or don't know enough to say.

Friday, April 11, 2014
Mitchell Ogisi and Lydia Saad
Math & English
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The Hechinger Report

A set of guidelines may turn children into ‘little mathematicians’ who don’t know how to do actual math.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Barry Garelick

Some of the new curricula labeled Common Core include high quality materials that match well with the standards, but many don’t, supporters of the standards say.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sarah Garland

American students are already struggling against the competition. The Common Core won't help them succeed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Marina Ratner

Today the frustrating descent from good intentions to tears is playing out once again, as states across the country carry out the latest wave of math reforms: the Common Core.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Elizabeth Green

When Huckleberry Finn isn’t complex enough for our high-school students, I can’t help wondering if we need to change the way we conceptualize literary complexity.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Blaine Greteman

According to the Common Core English Language Arts Standards website, the Lexile isn’t the only measure of reading difficulty

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Holly Korbey

60% of Americans oppose requiring teachers in their community to use the Common Core State Standards to guide what they teach, with opposition among Republicans much higher than Democrats.

Monday, September 1, 2014
William Bushaw and Valerie Calderon

Although a majority of the public continues to support the standards set by CCSSI, and supporters outnumber opponents by a two-to-one margin, trend lines show serious erosion in support. In 2013, no less than 65% of the general public favored the standards, but that portion is now just 53%.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Michael Henderson
State News

A state-by-state look at the Common Core standards.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Associated Press

Can the Common Core State Standards transform teaching and raise student achievement? The Hechinger Report and the Education Writers Association looked at seven states in depth.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

The National Governors Association was one of the founders of Common Core, a set of academic standards aimed at raising student achievement. But as Democratic and Republican governors gathered here for summer meetings, Common Core wasn't on the official agenda, a sign of how the bipartisan idea has become a political minefield.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Beth Reinhard

More than two-thirds of states quickly adopted Common Core in 2010, but four years later, the standards seem to have become, among other things, a proxy for whatever in education people are unhappy with.

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Amanda Paulson

Tensions over the Common Core in Louisiana erupted into an intramural battle Wednesday as Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) declared he was withdrawing his state from the national education standards while the state’s top education officials insisted Louisiana would keep them.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Lyndsey Layton