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Education news, analysis, and opinion about the Common Core State Standards, a set of academic standards for teaching English and mathematics in K-12 schools.

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Standards Opinion How the Failure of the Common Core Looked From the Ground
Steve Peha shares insights from his on-site professional-development work about why the common core failed, in a guest letter to Rick Hess.
Rick Hess, May 19, 2021
4 min read
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Standards Opinion Common Core Is a Meal Kit, Not a Nothingburger
Caroline Damon argues Rick Hess and Tom Loveless sold the common core short, claiming the issue was a matter of high-quality implementation.
Rick Hess, May 13, 2021
5 min read
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Standards How New Common Core Research Connects to Biden's Plans for Children and Families
A study of national test scores indicate the early phase of the Common Core State Standards did not help disadvantaged students.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 29, 2021
5 min read
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Standards Opinion After All That Commotion, Was the Common Core a Big Nothingburger?
The Common Core State Standards may not have had an impact on student outcomes, but they did make school improvement tougher and more ideological.
Rick Hess, April 26, 2021
3 min read
Standards Fact Check: Trump Administration Didn't 'Get Rid' of Common Core
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos implied at the Conservative Political Action Conference that President Donald Trump has fulfilled a pledge to "get rid of" the Common Core State Standards. That's not true.
Evie Blad, February 27, 2020
2 min read
Standards People Keep on Saying They're Killing the Common Core. How Dead Is It?
Florida's governor declares a standards overhaul would "remove all vestiges" of the common core. But it remains unclear how much is really changing under the Florida Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking.
Andrew Ujifusa, January 27, 2020
4 min read
President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015.
President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015.
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Equity & Diversity 2010 to Now: A Turbulent Decade for Schools
Common Core. School shootings. ESSA. Betsy DeVos. The past 10 years have been a whirlwind of policy upheaval, tragedy, and change for K-12 education. Here’s 10 highlights—and a bonus.
Evie Blad & Andrew Ujifusa, December 18, 2019
15 min read
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a signing ceremony at the William J. Kirlew Junior Academy in Miami Gardens for a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of students to attend private and religious schools.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a signing ceremony at the William J. Kirlew Junior Academy in Miami Gardens for a bill creating a new voucher program for thousands of students to attend private and religious schools.
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States An Unexpected 'Education Governor' and What's Next for Florida
Ron DeSantis had a thin record on K-12 issues as a Florida congressman, but as a first-term Republican governor he’s pushed an aggressive agenda on issues such as vouchers, teacher salaries and bonus pay, and even the common core.
Andrew Ujifusa, October 17, 2019
11 min read
Standards Is Homework Valuable or Not? Try Looking at Quality Instead
Although homework does tend to align to standards, a lot of it is busywork, rather than work requiring students to synthesize, analyze, or use higher-order thinking skills.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 13, 2019
4 min read
Curriculum Common Core Scrapped Under Florida Gov.'s Executive Order
The end of the standards raises a whole host of questions about what will replace them.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 1, 2019
4 min read
Equity & Diversity Opinion Five Reasons Author Visits Are More Than Just Cool
Reading a book and meeting the author is not just a cool event to shake up the regular school routine--it's a powerful learning opportunity that can affect students academically and personally.
Ariel Sacks, October 31, 2018
9 min read
Standards Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Vows to Stop Common Core
Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis is renewing a political trend that had fallen dormant: calling for the end of the use of the shared standards.
Stephen Sawchuk, September 18, 2018
3 min read
Reading & Literacy Young Adults Lead the Way as Poetry Readership Increases Across the Nation
Despite a move towards using more nonfiction texts in the classroom, young adults' poetry readership in 2017 was the highest on record over a 15-year period.
Sasha Jones, September 17, 2018
2 min read
Standards Opinion Arne Duncan's Take on School Reform: Read It!
Marc Tucker reflects on what we can learn about systems reform from the former Secretary's new book.
Marc Tucker, August 30, 2018
11 min read