Published Online: May 8, 2012
Published in Print: May 9, 2012, as Common Core

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"The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics"

States with standards that are closest to the Common Core State Standards in mathematics tend to do better, according to a new paper based on national test data from 2009.

William H. Schmidt, an education professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and his Michigan State colleague Richard Houang, developed a statistical measure of "congruence" among standards, which they used to compare states' math standards as well as those from the highest-achieving countries taking part in TIMSS, the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. To facilitate the international comparison, the researchers used what is called the "A+ profile," a composite of the standards of those countries, which include Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Singapore, among others.

The report finds a high degree of consistency in math topic coverage between the A+ standards and the common core, which, it says, suggests the common standards are "rigorous" and "internationally competitive."

The analysis also shows that the more closely aligned a state's standards were to the common core, the higher its students scored on the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Vol. 31, Issue 30, Pages 4-5

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