Common Core links and resources

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There has been a lot written about the Common Core. This is a list of some of the books, reports and resources used in making this documentary.

Development of the Common Core State Standards

Preparation of American Students

  • Reading Between the Lines by ACT
    This study shows only about half of students who took the ACT college entrance exam were ready for college-level reading.
  • Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)
    PISA compares how well 15-year-olds in 65 cities and countries can apply math, science and reading skills to solve real-world problems. The U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 20th in science and 27th in math.
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
    NAEP is the “largest continuing and nationally representative assessment” of what American students know and can do in core subjects including math and reading. The most recent results show 42 percent of American fourth graders are proficient in math; 35 percent are proficient in reading. Among eighth graders, 35 percent are proficient in math and 36 percent are proficient in reading. NAEP shows that by 12th grade, 39 percent of American students are prepared for college-level math and 38 percent are prepared for college-level reading.
  • Not Just the Problems of Other People’s Children: U.S. Student Performance in Global Perspective by Eric Hanushek, Paul Peterson and Ludger Woessmann
    Parental education has long been shown to be one of the best indicators of a student’s performance in school, but this report shows that even American students from highly educated families score poorly on international exams compared to their counterparts in other parts of the industrialized world.

Previous State Standards Compared with the Common Core

Teacher Opinion about the Common Core

Research about the Common Core

Criticism of the Common Core

  • Faith in Common Standards Not Enough by Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst and Michelle Croft
    This article finds no correlation between student achievement and the quality or difficulty of previous state standards and raises the question of whether higher standards will lead to better education outcomes.
  • Carol Burris is principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York and a critic of the way Common Core is being implemented. You can read her blog posts here.
  • Sandra Stotsky, professor emerita at the University of Arkansas, was a member of the Common Core Validation Committee, but refused to sign off on the standards. You can read why here.
  • Diane Ravitch is an outspoken critic of the Common Core. She was an as assistant U.S. Secretary of Education under both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. You can read her blog here.
  • The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest)
    FairTest is an organization that advocates against the use of standardized testing in education. The organization has created a fact sheet on what it says are the main problems with Common Core tests.