Read the Common Core standards


There is a lot of debate and controversy about the Common Core State standards. The arguments tend to focus on things like how the standards are being implemented, the testing, and the role that corporations, foundations and the federal government have played in supporting and promoting the standards.

There is comparatively little debate about the actual content of the standards.

There are questions about whether the math students are required to master is more or less than students actually need to be ready for life after high school, for example. And there are concerns that students will read less literature in school because more nonfiction reading is called for in the standards.

But in general the standards themselves are widely supported by teachers, academics and other experts, according to opinion surveys and statements by a wide variety of professional organizations and educators.

Decide for yourself what you think of the Common Core.

  • Read the English Language Arts standards.
  • Read the Mathematics standards.
  • Read about research and ideas the authors of the Common Core English Language Arts standards were thinking about when they wrote the standards.
  • Read how authors of the Common Core Math standards describe the differences between old state standards and the Common Core.
  • Read how authors of the Common Core ELA standards describe the differences between old state standards and the Common Core.
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