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Map: Tracking the Common Core State Standards

Confused about the status of the Common Core State Standards? You’re not alone.

Since we published an update last year about the status of the English/language arts and math standards across 50 states and the District of Columbia, there’s been a fair bit of activity regarding the standards. Although the national backlash to the common core seems to have cooled a little bit in recent months, several states have announced some kind of change to the standards due to state legislation, governors’ directives, or other reasons.

The map below represents our best judgment about the nominal status of the common core across the country. In addition to the map, see our drop-down menu below for information about how different states are handling the common core.

Please keep these things in mind: We have not tried to pick apart each state’s standards and judge which ones created new standards that are truly distinct from the common core. Adopting “new” standards can mean different things in different states, so different people might come to different judgments about the total number of states that use the common core. Also: Keep in mind that, in some cases, state school boards are required by law to review, revise, or reconsider their academic standards periodically, and for some states, that time is now or relatively soon. Finally: If a state hasn’t finalized a decision about rewriting or replacing the common core, we haven’t changed its status as a common-core state.

We've highlighted a few states with additional information about how they have handled the common core in recent years. Select a state to view its common core status in more detail.

Additional Resources:
The Common Core Explained
Common Standards Coverage: A Collection Page

Have any suggestions or comments about the way we've described states here? Send them to Andrew Ujifusa by email at [email protected].

Source: Andrew Ujifusa | Design & Visualization: Sumi Bannerjee & Gina Tomko

Vol. 36, Issue 11, Page 16

Published in Print: November 2, 2016, as Snapshot: Tracking the Common Core
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