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The Ohio Standard features relevant and factual news stories and opinion pieces about Ohio's Learning Standards and the Common Core State Standards. Since we are always updating our collection of clips, be sure to come back often.


Shaping Ohio's ESSA Plan

By Philanthropy Ohio (November 2016)

This white paper shares what Philanthropy Ohio and its members heard during a “listening tour” of 10 regional meetings held across Ohio from August 31 to October 6, 2016. 

Too much testing, charter schools and too much change are top concerns of Ohio educators, parents

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 15, 2016)

Parents and educators in Ohio want fewer standardized tests in schools.

Northeast Ohio Educators Gather in Akron to Discuss "Every Student Succeeds Act"

By Kabir Bhatia, WKSU (September 8, 2016)

Educators from around Northeast Ohio were in Akron last night to give input on the “Every Student Succeeds Act.”

Ohio's new schools superintendent gets on the job, looking for input from educators

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch (July 1, 2016)

Most directors of state agencies pull their cars into a Downtown parking garage when they come to work each morning, but Ohio's new schools superintendent Paolo DeMaria rides his bicycle to the office.

Student Success Resource Library

By The Ohio Department of Education and Battelle for Kids

The Student Success Resource Library provides tools and resources to help schools keep all students engaged and on a clear path to successfully graduate.

New state superintendent Paolo DeMaria wants to hear what's working with schools and what's not

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (June 27, 2016)

Paolo DeMaria started work as Ohio's new state superintendent today, greeting staff at the Ohio Department of Education with doughnuts and calling on employees and the public to be vocal about what's working and not working.

Scores on Ohio's high school math tests much lower than expected, sparking debate over graduation requirements

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (June 3, 2016)

Scores on two of Ohio's new high school math tests from this spring have come in so much lower than expected that the state school board will likely adjust how they affect graduation requirements later this month.

Former state budget director Paolo DeMaria named Ohio's next state superintendent

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 11, 2016)

The state school board has unanimously named education consultant and former state budget director Paolo DeMaria as Ohio's new state superintendent.

Fewer Butler, Warren students opting out of state tests

By Michael D. Clark, Journal-News (May 10, 2016)

Fewer parents are having their children opt-out of annual state testing this year compared to last year’s exams, which attracted complaints against their Common Core influence.

Ohio's new online Common Core tests have no glitches -- so far

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 7, 2016)

Students across Ohio have started taking new Common Core English and math tests this week, with few of the technical problems that plagued online testing last year.

State seeking input on math, English education standards

By Vanessa McCray, Toledo Blade (March 28, 2016)

Can a kindergartner count to 100 by ones and tens?

School districts got A grades on paper tests, but F grades online, survey shows

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (March 7, 2016)

Test your students on paper, get an A. Test them on online, get an F.

State report cards: See how your school did

By Hannah Sparling, Cincinnati Enquirer (February 26, 2016)

Miffed, irked, nettled and peeved – that’s how some school officials feel about the state report cards released on Thursday.

Number of A grades plummets on new state report cards under Common Core and PARCC (Search your districts here)

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (February 25, 2016)

Six times fewer Ohio school districts received the top grade in a key measure on the new state report cards than last year, as Ohio shifted to the new Common Core learning standards and new state tests from PARCC.

High Standards: The Best Thing to Happen to Education in a Long Time!

By Lisa Bass (Op-ed), Ohio Teachers for Quality Education (February 21, 2016)

I remember hearing about new standards that were coming down the road and feeling anxious! What were these new standards?

Students continue to struggle in Ohio's high-poverty school districts 

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (January 20, 2016)

The latest round of report card data once again highlights a stark reality in Ohio schools: poverty levels have a dramatic impact on academic performance. 

Fewer college freshman need remediation

By Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News (January 20, 2016)

For the second straight year, significantly fewer freshmen attending Ohio public colleges needed remedial college coursework in English or math, according to the Remediation Report from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Poor kids do poorly, affluent do better on Ohio's state tests - again

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (December 3, 2015)

State test scores continue to rise right along with a school district's affluence, and fall as poverty rates increase, Ohio's school boards and administrators said this week.

PARCC delays mean Ohio's state report cards will have some year-old test results

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (December 1, 2015)

The state won't have its annual report cards for schools and school districts out until Feb. 25, making portions of the grades more than a year out of date.

Ohio releases preliminary PARCC and AIR test scores by school district, charter: See link here

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer (November 20, 2015)

The state's report cards for each school and district won't be coming until January, but the state just released preliminary results for districts and charter schools today.

Ohio Teacher and PTA Leader: Communication Common Core is Essential

By Get it Right (November 17, 2015)

PODCAST: Debbie Tidwell, past president of the Ohio PTA, and Sue Grodek, first grade teacher in the Brooklyn City School District in Brooklyn, Ohio, discuss the importance of parent communication and engagement in effective Common Core implementation. 

New state tests please central Ohio educators

By Shannon Gilchrist, The Columbus Dispatch (October 26, 2015)

Local educators expect that this school year’s statewide testing will be a more-relaxed, more-efficient experience than last year’s, which they said was confusing, glitchy and needlessly time-consuming.

Academic standards are a good thing

By Lisa Bass (Letter to the Editor), Akron Beacon Journal (October 6, 2015)

As an educator, I have always been excited by the wonderful opportunities new school years have to offer — and this year was no exception. 

Get it Right Podcasts: Cleveland Teachers Union

Learning First Alliance (October 2, 2015)

Mark Baumgartner, Deborah Paden, and Sara Baldassar discuss how the Common Core State Standards promote more rigorous learning. 

What was that math on the "Common Core" check that went viral?

By Patrick O' Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 24, 2015)

You've probably seen – or can see just by looking at the photo above - the "Common Core" check that a Painesville father made out to his child's school as a joke, then posted online.

Common Core comparison: Ohio students have edge on PARCC scores over Illinois, but results are incomplete

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 17, 2015)

Ohio students had slightly better scores on new Common Core exams this past school year than Illinois kids did, early and incomplete data shows.

Ohio kids that don't quite meet PARCC's Common Core standards are still "proficient," state school board decides

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 17, 2015)

Ohio will be rating its students' math and English test scores in a much kinder way than other states using the new Common Core exams from PARCC last school year.

Buckeye State Report Raises Questions for Parents

By Karen Nussle, The Collaborative for Student Success (September 16, 2015)

Ohio this week became the first PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) state in the country to release preliminary student test results measuring the Ohio’s Learning Standards, which are based on the Common Core State Standards.

State board of education gets first look at new test scores for students

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch (September 15, 2015)

The Ohio Board of Education got its first look on Monday at preliminary results for student tests based on new Common Core standards and as expected, passage rates dropped from previous standardized testing.

Ohio's Common Core test results: A little more than 1/3 of kids met standards on PARCC exams

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 14, 2015)

A little more than one third of Ohio students met the higher academic standards on the new Common Core tests this year, early results from the PARCC testing coalition show.

Ask the GOP candidates about Common Core -- and U.S. competitiveness: Lou Gerstner

By Lou Gerstner (opinion), Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 5, 2015)

With the first official GOP presidential debate set for Thursday, there's one important question that should be asked. First a little background:

Happy New Year with Higher Standards

By Tricia Ebner, Educators for Higher Standards (August 3, 2015)

As I sit here with my morning cup of coffee and consider the calendar, it’s clear the new school year is right around the corner.

Newest GOP Presidential Candidate Isn't Afraid To Say He Supports Common Core

By Casey Quinlan, Think Progress (July 21, 2015)

Before Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) announced his bid for the 2016 presidential race, there was only one supporter of Common Core standards among more than a dozen candidates in the GOP field — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

How John Kasich could win in 2016

By Chrissie Thompson, USA Today (July 19, 2015)

John Kasich has two problems.

Ohio's struggling schools way behind peers

By Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News (July 12, 2015)

Ohio has one of the biggest gaps in the nation between its worst-performing schools and the rest of the state’s schools, according to a report released last week by the White House.

Keep Common Core

The Editorial Board, Toledo Blade (July 11, 2015)

Among the many pernicious measures Gov. John Kasich signed into law with the new state budget was a provision that will ban the use of Common Core proficiency tests — called Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) — in Ohio schools

Seizing the Future: How Ohio’s Career and Technical Education Programs Fuse Academic Rigor and Real-World Experiences to Prepare Students for College and Work

By Achieve (July 9, 2015)

Ohio picks AIR to replace just-ousted PARCC for Common Core tests

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (July 2, 2015)

The state has moved quickly to replace PARCC as its Common Core test provider and will have the American Institutes for Research (AIR)  give Ohio's math and English tests next year, along with the science and social studies tests AIR already gave this past year.

On Common Core, Jeb Bush and Ohio have it right

By Jerry Harr(Op-ed), Cleveland Plain Dealer (June 21, 2015)

Now that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has officially thrown his hat in the ring, the feeding frenzy among Republican presidential contenders will intensify. 

Kasich's core themes winning converts

By Darrel Rowland and Jessica Wehrman, The Columbus Dispatch (June 7, 2015)

Aside from the cash and campaign organization that every presidential contender needs, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is pinning his hopes on one key factor: personally making his case to Republicans in early 2016 voting states.

Ohio's bad penny: HB 212 is a teacher's nightmare

By Jessica Poiner, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (June 5, 2015)

Teaching is hard. (Even if I weren’t a former high school teacher I would know that.) 

Reduce Common Core tests, don't ditch them

The Editorial Board, Cincinnati Enquirer (May 30, 2015)

Ohio students and teachers will get a taste of relief next year from hours and hours of tests. There's still more work to be done, however, to thoughtfully relieve their overtesting burden.

Don't scrap standards: Fixing content, PARCC testing would be wiser, less wasteful

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (May 21, 2015)

Saner heads in the General Assembly should halt the rush of some lawmakers to jettison new content standards and tests for Ohio’s schools after only one year of wide use and replace them with something that doesn’t even exist yet.

Common Core tests shortened, but is it enough?

By Jessie Balmert, Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 21, 2015)

New state exams based on Common Core principles will be shorter and simpler after complaints about the long tests plagued their first year of official implementation.

Are parents and taxpayers being misled? The proficiency illusion strikes again

By Jessica Poiner, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (May 14, 2015)

Are states dutifully reporting the fraction of students who are on track for college or career? According to a new report from Achieve, a nonprofit organization that assists states in education reform efforts, the answer is no—and Ohio has been one of the worst offenders.

Report: Ohio's old student tests too easy

By Jona Ison, Telegraph (May 14, 2015)

A new report puts Ohio among the most dishonest states when it comes to assessing student achievement.

When is a student 'proficient?' Ohio's bar is among country's lowest, national rankings show

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 14, 2015)

Ohio may say your child is "proficient" in school, but that label doesn't mean much, according to a nationwide comparison of test scores by one of the main creators of the Common Core. 

Ohio says bar set too low for its students; graduation rates soar as performance on national tests stagnate 

By Doug Livingston, Akron Beacon Journal (May 14, 2015)

Two new reports, each funded by national businesses seeking career-ready high school graduates, give starkly different views of the nation’s and Ohio’s public education systems.

Ohio students are less prepared for college, career, report shows

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch (May 14, 2015)

A day after the House voted to abolish new and tougher student assessments and place limits on state testing, a new report shows Ohio students are far less prepared for college and career than they and their parents might think.

Cursive Writing Requirement Shows Flexibility in Common Core Debate 

By Andy Chow, Statehouse News Bureau (April 17, 2015)

The Common Core is a set of education standards. Local school districts then form curriculum to achieve these standards.  

Shorter Common Core tests may be coming: Takeaways from PARCC and Pearson presentation

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 16, 2015)

Representatives from PARCC, Pearson and the American Institutes of Research covered several topics Wednesday with Ohio's Senate Testing Advisory Committee on Testing.

Opting out is not a solution 

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (March 30, 2015)

News that hundreds of central Ohio parents opted their children out of Ohio’s new standardized tests raises some questions: What do they think they are gaining for their children? Have they considered the cost? And what message do they send?

Not meeting standards: A warning light, not a death sentence

By Michael J. Petrilli, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (March 25, 2015)

Last week, I complained that Eva Moskowitz and other reformers weren’t being fair when they described schools as “persistently failing” because they didn’t get many of their students to the ambitious levels built into the Common Core. This is how I concluded:

Ohio Students and Educators Need Common Core

By Lisa Bass(Ohio Teacher), Educators for High Standards (March 24, 2015)

This week, I had the opportunity to present during my School District’s Public Open Forum at the Board of Education meeting. 

GOP's John Kasich Isn't Backing Off Support for Common Core

By Janet Hook, The Wall Street Journal (March 24, 2015)

If Gov. John Kasich is going to run for president, he doesn’t seem likely to trim his sails on the hot-button issue of Common Core education standards.

John Kasich on Ted Cruz and Common Core: 'I Don't know anything about him or what he's talking about'

By Henry J. Gomez, Cleveland Plain Dealer (March 24, 2015)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich continued a day of out-of-state politicking Tuesday -- not quite a presidential candidate and not quite ready to engage the only high-profile Republican who has officially declared his candidacy.

Common (Core) sense

By the Editorial Board, Toledo Blade (March 12, 2015)

State lawmakers are sending Gov. John Kasich a bill that would bar Ohio public schools from using the results of academic proficiency tests this year to determine a student’s promotion to the next grade. 

Education panel will critique Ohio's new PARCC exams

By Maria DeVito, The Columbus Dispatch (March 5, 2015)

The tests used to measure whether Ohio students are meeting Common Core standards are going under the microscope of a special advisory committee and could be dumped.

Should Ohio cut testing time or keep PARCC? New panel will review state's key testing issues

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (March 4, 2015)

State Sen. Peggy Lehner wants to hear from educators about how much testing Ohio has and whether the new PARCC tests are what Ohio needs.

Many hands working on school testing reform

By Laura A. Bischoff, Dayton Daily News (March 4, 2015)

Ohio’s debate on school testing reform got even more crowded Wednesday as state Sen. Peggy Lehner announced a special committee to review the issue, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown touted new federal legislation on the topic, and a bill aimed at protecting students from certain test consequences passed the Ohio Senate.

Use Common Core, but test less

By the Editorial Board, Youngstown Vindicator (March 3, 2015)

Cincinnati Enquirer: The new state education tests are a mess. 

Teachers: Does Common Core make the grade?

By Candace Harrell, Richland Source (March 1, 2015)

After exploring the origin of Common Core, as well as its standards and strategies, Richland Source explored the correlation between Common Core and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing. We then reached out to educators for their perspective on Common Core and PARCC.

State needs to slash student testing

By the Editorial Board, Cincinnati Enquirer (March 1, 2015)

The new state education tests are a mess. Sixth-graders at Midway Elementary in Westwood will take more than 22 hours of state-mandated tests from now to the end of this school year, approximately twice as many hours as were required last year.

Is the Common Core here to stay? Takeaways from a discussion of standards, opposition, test opt-outs

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (February 27, 2015)

The Common Core needs to avoid an internet catastrophe with its new tests for the country to embrace the new multi-state education standards, a panel of experts agreed Thursday, 

New tests take gimmicks out of education

By Jason Haap (Letter to the editor), Cincinnati Enquirer (February 27, 2015)

As both a lifelong educator and as a parent, I look forward to Ohio's next generation of testing.

Students, parents, teachers: Tell us what the new Common Core tests are like?

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (February 17, 2015)

Reporters can't sit in classrooms while students in Ohio start taking the new Common exams today through Ohio's testing coalition - the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).

Opting In: I'm a Parent Who Supports Testing

By Greg Harris, Education Post (February 13, 2015)

There’s been a lot on news coverage as of late about parents opting their kids out of state assessments that are based on the Common Core standards. I happen to be among the silent majority of parents who are opting in.

Common Ground: Hudson, Ohio, Schools Embrace Common Core Standards 

By Stephanie Fellenstein, Hudson Hub Times (February 11, 2015)

Rebecca Rice's first-graders at Evamere Elementary School spent a wintery January morning embracing Common Core standards without even realizing it.

Common Core: Lessons learned from a year of debate

By Jessica Poiner, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (February 9, 2015)

The 2015 legislative session is gearing up, and Common Core will again feature prominently in the education agenda. 

Ohio School Superintendent's Richard Ross' testing-reduction plan is a good beginning

By The Editorial Board, Cleveland Plain Dealer (February 5, 2015)

Ohio School Superintendent Richard Ross' proposal that Ohio's 20 hours of annual school testing should be cut by 20 percent, a plan that also has the support of Gov. John Kasich, is an important starting point of discussion with the legislature and school officials on this critical issue.

Give them a chance to work

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (February 2, 2015)

After months of controversy and consternation over Ohio’s new system of standardized tests for kindergarten through 12th grade, people can check out the tests for themselves, at least for reading and language arts.

New Comon Core tests--coming Feb. 16--will test skills and reasoning, not memorization

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (January 27, 2015)

The Common Core tests are here, bringing a new look to Ohio's state tests and new expectations for Ohio's kids.

Kasich calls out Common Core opponents

By Benjamin Lanka, Cincinnati Enquirer (January 26, 2015)

Gov. John Kasich on Sunday defended Common Core with some of his most direct language to date, saying the only people opposed to the educational standards are "running for something." 

John Kasich Calls Out Conservatives Who Oppose Common Core

By Sam Levine, Hufffington Post (January 26, 2015)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday criticized Republicans who have attacked Common Core education standards and said that their opposition has more to do with politics than substance. 

CMSD principal serves on Common Core panel

Cleveland Metropolitan  News Bureau (January 21, 2015)

Erin Frew, principal of CMSD’s New Tech West High School, appeared Wednesday in an online panel discussion organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit group that supports the Common Core State Standards(View the webinar.) 

New House education committee chairman wants to cut the "glut" of testing, have less "toxic" talks about the Common Core

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (January 20, 2015)

State Rep. Bill Hayes expects to have a busy first year as chairman of the education committee of the Ohio House, with legislation on the Common Core, standardized testing and charter schools all likely to come before the panel.

Common Core State Standards ARE Working in Kindergarten

By Lisa Bass, Educators for high Standards (January 16, 2015)

From my 13 years as an educator, I know that with prompting and support, Kindergarteners can learn a great deal about reading. 

State Superintendent says 20 hours of standardized tests is too many for Ohio kids, suggests reductions

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (January 15, 2015)

Ohio students spend close to 20 hours a year taking standardized tests, state Superintendent Richard Ross reported today, as he suggested several ways to trim that time by about four hours per grade.

Let's take the time to get Common Core right in Ohio

By Melissa Cropper and Cheryl Williams(Op-ed), The Toledo Blade (December 21, 2014)

MANY lawmakers and political activists appear determined to perpetuate an endless debate over Ohio’s New Learning Standards, our version of the Common Core state standards. 

Inside Common Core: A reporter goes back to third grade

By Michelle Rotuno-Johnson, Cincinnati Enquirer (December 12, 2014)

It's hard to believe today was my last day of third grade. 

Common Core can help overcome our math phobia: Alice Gill and Linda Gojak (opinion)

By Alice Gill and Linda Gojak (Letter to the Editor), Cleveland Plain Dealer (December 10, 2014)

We, as a society, have a math phobia. We believe that some of us just can't do math. But we are wrong.

Please understand Common Core before complaining

By Gary McCormick (Letter to the Editor), Cincinnati Enquirer (December 3, 2014)

While I certainly appreciate Paul Mittermeier's impassioned appeal to the archbishop to drop the common core, his argument is based on a misrepresentation of the common core standards and indeed never refers to a single example of the standards themselves ("Student to archbishop: Drop the Common Core" Dec. 1).

Schools Teach Common-Core Math to Two Generations

By Liana Heitin, Education Week (December 2, 2014)

Schools around the country are holding math nights, sending letters home, and posting videos on their websites to teach parents about the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, which require students to use calculation methods that many parents never learned.

Emotion and Logic: The Essential Tools of a Common Core Advocate

By Neil Gupta, Educators for High Standards (November 23, 2014)

Back in high school, I was a master at getting my parents to buy me new shoes!  I’d make the rational argument that my feet were growing...

Kasich defends Medicaid expansion, Common Core on Republican governors panel 

By Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch (November 20, 2014)

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich really is running for President, he accomplished one goal yesterday at the Republican Governors Association meeting. 

Common Core would be useful tool for teachers

By Gautham Kaveti (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (November 20, 2014)

The Dispatch got it right when it criticized the Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee for voting to repeal the Common Core standards in the state (Anti-testing bills reckless," editorial, Nov. 12)...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich finds himself the center of attention at forum with potential White House rivals

By Henry J. Gomez, Northeast Ohio Media Group (November 19, 2014)

If Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to run for president, he has to distinguish himself from colleagues who also have eyes on the White House.

Nordonia Hills Educator Opposes Repeal of Common Core Standards 

By Lisa Bass (Letter to the Editor), Nordonia Hills News Leader ( November 12, 2014)

Common Core must stay. 

Ohio Must Stand Firm on Common Core

By Tricia Ebner, Educators for High Standards (November 7, 2014)

Just a couple of days ago, the Rules & Reference Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives voted a bill out of committee that would repeal the use of the Common Core State Standards in Ohio's schools. 

Metro Chamber Letter in Opposition to House Bill 597

By Greater Akron Chamber, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Greater Cleveland Partnership, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Regional Chamber of Youngstown and Warren, and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce (November 5, 2014)

On behalf of the eight metropolitan chambers of commerce noted above and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, we write this letter to...

Fairview school board formally opposes bill that would repeal Ohio's learning standards

By Beth Mlady, Cleveland Plain Dealer (October 21, 2014)

At their Tuesday evening meeting,  Fairview Park Board of Education members unanimously voted to oppose House Bill 597.

Business Connection October 2014

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce (October 15, 2014)

Ohio State Senator Peggy Lehner, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, talks with host Cathy Peterson about the Ohio learning standards, Common Core education standards, and their importance to the future of our workforce. 

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce backs Common Core school standards

By Jeremy P. Kelley, Dayton Daily News (October 15, 2014)

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday continued its vocal support of Ohio’s Common Core-tied school standards, hosting a session on “the business case for the Common Core.”

Kasich touts education policies at Lorain Co. campaign stop

By Jim Provance, Toledo Blade (October 12, 2014)

Gov. John Kasich on Saturday defended his education policies on a campaign swing practically through his Democratic opponent’s back yard largely meant to rally the GOP faithful.

Get It Right Podcasts: Toledo Public Schools

By Learning First (September 30, 2014)

Kevin Dalton, President of the Toledo Federation of Teachers, explains how TFT worked in partnership with Toledo Public Schools...

Concerns about House Bill 597

By Superintendents of Clark County (Op-ed), Springfield News-Sun (September 25, 2014)

The Ohio House Rules and Reference Committee has been hearing testimony on House Bill (H.B.) 597, which calls for the repeal and replacement of “Ohio’s New Learning Standards.” 

Speaker: Common Core is beneficial

By Kelly Doran, limaohio.com (September 23, 2014)

One of the goals of Common Core is to make sure students are really understanding what they learn.

Area teachers navigate Common Core teaching standards

By Carol Harper, Drew Scofield and Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal (September 22, 2014)

Since Ohio adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, students have been exposed to new learning practices during their educational careers, while their parents are presented with fresh concepts such as 21st Century Learning.

Common Core is working in classroom

By Chris Kloth (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 13, 2014)

Recently I attended curriculum night at my granddaughter’s elementary school. 

Keep Common Core standards in place

By State University Education Deans (Op-ed), Cincinnati Enquirer (September 12, 2014)

The following letter was signed by the education deans of Bowling Green State University, Central State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Miami University, Ohio University, Ohio State University, Shawnee State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Wright State University and Youngstown State University.

Confused over Common Core? Here are questions to ask your child's teacher

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 11, 2014)

Homework coming home with children looks different, now that Ohio is shifting to the Common Core education standards.

Common Core repealed in Ohio? Kasich doubts it

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (September 9, 2014)

Gov. John Kasich doesn’t expect to see a Common Core elimination bill land on his desk.

Testifying for the Common Core: Rocky River parent, Bay Village curriculum director

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 9, 2014)

The Common Core improves the critical thinking skills of students, Rocky River parent Susan Gallagher and Bay Village curriculum director Char Shryock told an Ohio House committee recently in hearings on the multi-state educational standards.

Testifying for the Common Core: John Carroll University math prof Linda Gojak

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 9, 2014)

John Carroll University math professor Linda Gojak told the Ohio House in recent hearings on the Common Core that math standards in the Core will lead to better understanding of the subject and reduce the number of people who give up and say, "I'm not good at math."

Education advocates slam Ohio's attempt to repeal Common Core

By Andy Chow, WKSU (September 9, 2014)

The National Center for Science Education says a bill in the House would clear the way for Ohio schools to teach creationism. The center’s Glenn Branch says the teaching of evolution has been under attack for years, first through the banning of the teaching of evolution outright and then requiring the teaching of creationism in some form.

Common Core circus

By the Editorial Board, The Toledo Blade (September 8, 2014)

Republican lawmakers in the Statehouse continue to make election-year hay from a bill that would repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio. The measure’s sponsors at least have shown enough respect for Ohio students to remove a provision that would have allowed the teaching of creationism — that is, religion in the guise of science — in the state’s public schools.

Northeast Ohio school districts stood up for the Common Core before the Ohio House

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 8, 2014)

Educators, parents and officials from Northeast Ohio overwhelmingly backed the Common Core standards at hearings in the Ohio House the last few weeks, with all but a few opposing a bill that would kill the multi-state education standards.

Common Core is the best fit for students

By Michael L. Collins (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 8, 2014)

I respond to the Aug. 16 letter to the editor from Renee A. Middleton, dean of Ohio University’s College of Education, and The Dispatch’s pointed and accurate editorials within the past two weeks thoroughly clarifying the real essence of Ohio’s learning standards.

Common Core opponents look to Massachusetts as guide

By Benjamin Lanka, Mansfield News Journal (September 7, 2014)

Ohio kindergartners this year must be able to count to 100. Should a bill to repeal Common Core education standards be approved, they will need to count only to 20 next year.

Capitol Insider: PTA: Money no factor in backing Core

By Darrel Rowland, The Columbus Dispatch, (September 7, 2014)

During the legislature’s Common Core hearings, Rep. Andy Thompson, R-Marietta, the sponsor of the bill to eliminate the standards, has pressed several pro-Common Core witnesses about their affiliations, influences and funding — focusing particularly on whether money came from the Gates Foundation.

City schools are making progress

By Dan Good (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 6, 2014)

This past year, Columbus City Schools focused on three vital areas: providing teachers, principals and the public with data they can trust; improving third-grade reading; and improving performance in high schools.

State Sen. Peggy Lehner is right to call Common Core repeal hearings a "circus": editorial

By the Editorial Board, Cleveland Plain Dealer (September 3, 2014)

Bravo to State Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Dayton-area Republican, for one of the strongest denunciations to date of an Ohio House bill seeking to repeal the Common Core educational standards. Our editorial board has repeatedly opposed this legislative repeal effort.

House bill would gut science education

By Richard Hoppe (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (September 3, 2014)

Ohio House Bill 597 is purportedly aimed at Common Core, but if passed it would cut the heart out of science education in Ohio public schools.

Common Core repeal would be a mistake

By the Editorial Board, CantonRep, (September 3, 2014)

Two problems jump out at us from the campaign to repeal the Common Core education standards in Ohio — its departure from the facts, which is misguided if not intentional, and its timing, which stinks.

District officials oppose push to scrap Common Core

By Jennifer Noblit, Dublin Villager (September 3, 2014)

Work to repeal Common Core standards in Ohio could have disastrous implications for education in the state, said Todd Hoadley, superintendent of the Dublin City School District.

Common Standards Will Allow Us to Assess What's Working And What's Not

By Karin Chenoweth, The Equity Line, (September 3, 2014)

Sometimes curriculum is determined by states, sometimes by districts or schools, and sometimes by individual teachers.

House should heed testimony

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (August 31, 2014)

Testimony from supporters of the Common Core educational standards, who’ve had their turn at an Ohio House of Representatives committee hearing this week, was a healthy dose of reason following days of falsehoods from those who would undo the standards.

Don't kill Common Core, local school officials say

By Alison Matas and Kelli Young, CantonRep (August 30, 2014)

As state legislators debate on whether to repeal the Common Core standards, many Stark County school officials say districts have invested too much time and too many resources into the curriculum to warrant changing it.

Common Core repeal bill is a "circus," Ohio Sen. Peggy Lehner tells City Club crowd

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 29, 2014)

Efforts to repeal the Common Core educational standards in Ohio are a disheartening "circus" that needs to fail, State Sen. Peggy Lehner said in a speech at the City Club today that was also filled with praise for Cleveland's school improvement efforts and attempts to create more preschool opportunities for city children.

Business leaders line up to support Common Core

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (August 28, 2014)

The No. 1 issue that business owners raise is workforce quality, said Michael Hartley of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. 

Four Metro Chambers, Ohio Chamber Oppose Repeal of Common Core Standards

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 28, 2014)

Representatives of four of the state's largest chambers of commerce and the Ohio Chamber Wednesday picked up their opposition to HB597 (Huffman- Thompson), which would repeal Ohio's adoption of the Common Core standards, both in testimony before the committee and in a separate news conference.

Ohio should stick to education standards

By Linda Noonan (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (August 28, 2014)

I read last Thursday’s Dispatch.com article “Nixing Common Core could let some Ohio schools opt out of state tests” with interest and some surprise that Ohio is considering replacing its new learning standards with old Massachusetts curriculum standards. 

Common Core debate: Dozens of witnesses, Cleveland schools CEO Eric Gordon and Gov. John Kasich and two national polls weigh in

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 27, 2014)

The state legislature continues its debate about the Common Core educational standards this week, following a week that saw opponents of the Core criticize them, Gov. John Kasich weighing in on the debate and two national polls offering varying national looks at support for the Core.

Ohio lawmakers should not get rid of Common Core: editorial

By the Editorial Board, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 27, 2014)

It's bad enough that some Ohio House members are holding hearings in support of a bill that will repeal the Common Core, the new national math and reading standards that teachers in Ohio and many other states will be teaching this year.

Ohio businesses push to retain the Common Core

By Andy Chow, WKSU (August 27, 2014)

The chambers of commerce from some of Ohio’s largest cities were at a House committee meeting to oppose the Common Core repeal. They included the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

Business Leaders Speak Out in Support of Common Core

By Angela Reighard, WOUB (August 27, 2014)

Members of the Ohio business community urged lawmakers to vote against H.B. 597, which aims to repeal the Common Core Initiative.

School officials oppose repeal of standards

By Mark Kovac, The Vindicator (August 27, 2014)

Paul Imhoff compared legislation being considered in the Ohio House to repeal Common Core standards to trying to build an aircraft while in flight.

Business Interests Stand Behind Common Core Standards

By Staff Writer, Gongwer Ohio Report (August 27, 2014)

Business leaders from around the state stood before a House committee Wednesday to urge continued use of the Common Core standards in Ohio.

Common Core debate in Ohio fueled by politics within GOP

By the Editorial Board, Youngstown Vindicator (August 26, 2014)

It is significant that a bill aimed at killing Common Core in Ohio is before the House Rules Committee, where support for the measure has been orchestrated, rather than the Education Committee, where the chairman, Gerald Stebelton, is a backer of the national academic standards for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Ohio lawmakers should not get rid of Common Core

By the Editorial Board, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 26, 2014)

It's bad enough that some Ohio House members are holding hearings in support of a bill that will repeal the Common Core, the new national math and reading standards that teachers in Ohio and many other states will be teaching this year.

Experts with Role in Developing Common Core Testify Before House Committee

By Andy Chow, NPR Stateimpact (August 26, 2014)

Opponents of the education standards known as the Common Core spent a week criticizing that set of standards while supporting a bill to repeal it.

Estrop to testify against Common Core repeal

By Michael Cooper, Springfield News-Sun (August 26, 2014)

Springfield City School District Superintendent David Estrop will testify before lawmakers today in opposition of a bill that would repeal Common Core-based standards statewide, which the district has spent millions of dollars preparing for since 2010.

Business groups to defend Common Core in House hearings

By Lewis Wallace, WOSU (August 25, 2014)

Business and education groups will be in Columbus this week to defend the state’s Common Core curriculum in House hearings. 

Stick with Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Toledo Blade (August 25, 2014)

Ohio lawmakers can’t honestly say they haven’t heard the facts about the current status of Common Core, which is about to take effect in the state’s public schools. 

Common Core -- The Right Choice for Ohio

By Phillip L. Parker (Op-ed), Dayton Daily News (August 24, 2014)

Common Core has recently become a topic of conversation around board rooms, dinner tables, committee hearings and political campaigns.

Plenty of questions in Common Core debate

By Catherine Candisky, The Columbus Dispatch (August 24, 2014)

Ohio was among the first states in the nation to adopt Common Core standards when they were approved without controversy in 2010...

Nixing Common Core could let some Ohio schools opt out of state tests

By Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (August 22, 2014)

Common Core opponents spent a third day yesterday urging lawmakers to pass a bill to eliminate the education standards in Ohio...

All about the politics

ByEditorial Board, Akron Beacon Journal (August 21, 2014)

During the many hours of committee hearings about the Common Core at the Statehouse this week, Tracy Maxwell Heard, the House minority leader, uttered the most accurate description of the events. 

Kasich: Administration prepared to do more on Common Core if needed

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 21, 2014)

Gov. John Kasich refused to say Thursday if he would veto a Common Core repeal bill now moving through the House, but said he believes there need to be strong educational standards in the state. 

Board votes to back Common Core

By P.A. O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 21, 2014)

The Cleveland school board voted Tuesday night to support keeping the Common Core educational standards and oppose a bill that would...

Backtracking on Common Core hurts kids, Ohio

Thomas J. Lasley II (Op-ed) , Dayton Daily News (August 21, 2014)

When four out of 10 freshmen at public colleges in Ohio need to take a remedial math or English course, something is wrong. 

Common Core teaches kids critical thinking

By Andrew Speno, Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

Regarding "Progressive education teaches values, not facts" (Aug. 16): Dave Miller would have us fighting for or against facts or values in American history education. 

Let the schools teach and the students learn

By Kathleen Carlberg, Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

Joan Powell's guest column on the efforts to repeal Common Core is absolutely correct ("Stop moving the goal post," Aug 20). 

Standards offer neutral basis for discussion

By Bob Kling, Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

I see Common Core like I see a dictionary: a neutral basis for discussion of the elements of education. 

Socratic method evident in Common Core standards

By Edward L. Smith, Jr., Cincinnati.com (August 21, 2014)

Dave Miller gave a critique of the Common Core Standards. 

Faber Makes Public Call For Appointees To Review Common Core

By Staff Writer, Gongwer Ohio Report (August 21, 2014)

As a House panel examined legislation that would repeal Common Core education standards, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) this week drew attention to newly-created study panels that were established to examine the standards.

Faber seeks participants in new academic content standards review committees

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 20, 2014)

As the House continued hearings on repealing the Common Core academic standards, Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) Wednesday sought letters of interest from members of the public who wish to serve on one of the four new Academic Content Standards Review committees. 

Intelligent design could be taught with Common Core’s repeal

By Catherine Candisky and Jim Siegel, The Columbus Dispatch (August 20, 2014)

In what could reignite a controversy that raged about eight years ago, a bill to repeal Common Core education standards in Ohio would allow intelligent design and creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes.

Kasich expresses support for Common Core standards

By Jim Otte, Dayton Daily News (August. 20, 2014)

Ahead in the polls and campaign fundraising, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday in Greene County that he supports the incoming wave of education standards known as “Common Core.” 

Cleveland school board votes to back Common Core and oppose HB597

By Patrick O’Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 20, 2014)

The Cleveland school board voted Tuesday night to support keeping the Common Core educational standards and oppose a bill that would kill them in Ohio.

Common Core hearings continue with more State Board opposition, expert defense of standards

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 19, 2014)

The House notched another long day of testimony Wednesday on the proposal to withdraw Ohio from the Common Core standards...

Lehner Warns of 'Wild, Wild West' for Education; Batchelder Hasn't Counted Votes

By Staff Writer, The Hannah Report (August 19, 2014)

The head of the Senate Education Committee roundly rejected the Common Core repeal measure House Republicans are pursuing Tuesday, saying "It's absolutely imperative that this bill not pass."

What's behind the declining support for the Common Core?

By Michael J. Petrilli, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (August 19, 2014)

Results from the annual Education Next poll are out today, and the news is not good for us proponents of the Common Core. 

Common Core supports speak against repeal effort in Ohio

By Marc Kovac, Gateway (August 19, 2014)

Two superintendents, a school board member and representatives of several union groups reiterated their support Aug. 18...

Stop moving goal posts for schools

By Joan Powell (Letter to the Editor), Cincinnati Enquirer (August 19, 2014)

Many citizens throughout Ohio are now calling for the repeal of the Common Core standards. 

Common-Core repeal would hurt Ohio education

By Renee Middleton (Op-ed), Education Week (August 19, 2014)

Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives are seeking to pass a bill to repeal the Common Core State Standards in November...

Bill to kill Common Core limits foreign and modern authors; religion and science rules are unclear

By Patrick O'Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 18, 2014)

The new bill that seeks to block the Common Core in Ohio would wipe out the state's just-adopted graduation requirements and also seeks to set broad standards on its own – taking aim at modern and foreign authors and taking an unclear stand on religious interpretations of science.

Common Core Brings Benefits to Both Education and Our Economy

By John Engler, President of Business Roundtable and Thomas J. Donohue, President of US Chamber of Commerce (August 8, 2014)

America's public K-12 education system isn't making the grade.

Common Core for the common good

By Michael Douglas, Editorial Page Editor, Akron Beacon Journal (August 4, 2014)

A year ago, John Kasich pledged to veto legislation that would repeal the Common Core, the education standards adopted four years ago by the state and soon to be implemented in school districts.

Common Core should stay

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (August 1, 2014)

As a leading candidate to become the next Ohio House speaker, Rep. Cliff Rosenberger of Clarksville is gaining more visibility. 

Common Core is common sense

By the Editorial Board, Chicago Tribune, republished in The Columbus Dispatch (June 2, 2014)

In 2010, a who’s who of American educators and politicians joined forces to spearhead a national initiative with wide appeal and few if any critics. It was called the Common Core. 

At the core, common good

By the Editorial Board, Akron Beacon Journal (May 28, 2014)

Peggy Lehner stressed last week that she and her Senate colleagues had listened, and now they would act on legislation, as part of the mid-biennium review, that addresses concerns about the Common Core. 

Opposing Common Core: A losing issue, even in GOP primaries

Column by Mike Petrilli and Michael Brichman, Town Hall (May 25, 2014)

Ever since election results from May 5th were finalized, a number of voices have loudly touted cherry-picked upsets...

The only conspiracy about Common Core is in trying to improve the nation's lagging educational standards

By Brent Larkin, Cleveland Plain Dealer, (May 23, 2014)

Common Core makes common sense.  

Common Core standards are vital to Ohio’s future

By Richard A. Stoff (Op-ed), The Columbus Dispatch (May 15, 2014)

Staying the course on full implementation of Ohio’s New Learning Standards, including the Common Core State Standards for English and math, is absolutely vital to the future success of our children and to the economic health of our state.

Testing the test: Ohio districts try out the Common Core Assessment

By Bill Rice, NPR/State Impact Ohio (May 8, 2014)

With her first encounter with the new Common Core Assessment behind her Lorain math teacher Kristen Mackey is back in her classroom, doing what comes as second nature to her: working through problems with her students. 

New standards focus on college, career readiness

By Lisa Gray, OSBA Journal (April 2014)

The Ohio Standard’s Project Director Lisa Gray shares the facts about the standards and how they are benefitting students, parents and families, educators, and employers.

Test boycotts help no one

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (April 21, 2014)

Parents have a right and an obligation to oversee their children’s education, but those who simply take their ball and go home by refusing to allow their children to take state-mandated tests undermine Ohio’s effort to ensure a better education for everyone.

Only minor bugs revealed in Common Core field test

By Bill Rice, NPR/State Impact Ohio (April 21, 2014)

Nearly half of Ohio school districts have just finished up a trial run of tests incorporating Common Core, the new set of education standards adopted by most states.

Take a sneak peek at the new Common Core exams that are coming to Ohio

By Patrick O’Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com (April 20, 2014)

Here's a look at a few sample Common Core practice tests that preview the exams Ohio students will take next year...

Students deserve higher assessment standards

By Marlana White (Letter to the Editor) , Cincinnati Enquirer (April 10, 2014)

Lately, there has been a lot of talk nationally regarding the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tied to the Common Core standards. 

The sound of ideas: Common core update (audio)

By Amy Hansen, NPR/State Impact Ohio (April 9, 2014)

Dry runs of Common Core tests going well, according to state and its testing partner

By Patrick O’Donnell, Cleveland Plain Dealer (March 25, 2014)

The first day of testing out the new Common Core exams that Ohio and other states will start using for real next year went well Monday, according to Ohio's testing partnership and the state. 

Common Core enables students to achieve

By Linda R. Johnson (Letter to the Editor), Cincinnati Enquirer (March 13, 2014)

As a Common Core State Standards Coach coach in Cincinnati Public Schools, I have had the opportunity to see marvelous conversations...

No delays on the Common Core

By the Editorial Board, Cleveland Plain Dealer (January 29, 2014)

The Ohio Senate has to reject House Bill 193, an ill-conceived measure that would delay significant aspects of Common Core testing for a year...

Common Core helps U.S. kids compete

By Stu Harris (Letter to the Editor), The Columbus Dispatch (January 25, 2014)

I admire op-ed columnist George F. Will and have read his work since David Brinkley started hosting the Sunday-morning talk show...

Common Core prompts new teaching style

By Amy Kronenberger, The Daily Standard (January 11, 2014)

Teaching methods in public schools are changing with the implementation this fall of Common Core State Standards. 

2 area schools receive Monsanto grants

By William Laney, LimaOhio.com (January 7, 2014)

Two area school districts received a total of $20,000 to help incorporate Common Core State Standards...

How the Common Core is changing how kids learn in English class

By Molly Bloom, State Impact Ohio/National Public Radio (December 16, 2013)

Teacher Karen Hazlett’s fourth graders spent much of this fall learning about child labor – during English class.

Medina County schools are ready for Common Core standards

By Donna J. Miller, Cleveland Plain Dealer (December 2, 2013)

Northern Medina County school districts are well on their way to aligning teaching with the new Common Core standards that detail what students have to know by the end of each grade. 

Common Core is crucial to student success

By Damon Asbury, OSBA Journal (December 2013)

The transition to Ohio’s new learning standards and the accompanying next-generation assessments has been the focus of conversation...

Stand up for Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Columbus Dispatch (November 30, 2013)

An hours-long, crowded and noisy committee hearing last week on a bill that would repeal stronger math and reading standards for Ohio’s schoolchildren probably wasn’t much fun. 

Core Questions: Does the Common Core Meet the Needs of Special Education Students?    

By Amy Hansen, State Impact Ohio (November 13, 2013)

How does the Common Core address the needs of the special education population?

Bill Zelei, director of the Ohio Schools Council and a past Ohio Department of Education associate superintendent, says the Common Core will...

Hamler, WEA oppose legislator's effort to repeal new Common Core standards

By Deborah M. Dunlap, This Week News (Whitehall, OH) (October 29, 2013)

With the rollout of Ohio's new Common Core standards, a Marietta lawmaker is looking to repeal the curriculum. 

Keep Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Toledo Blade (October 25, 2013)

Ohio high school graduates shouldn’t have to take remedial courses in college. 

Ohio kids need Common Core standards

By Richard C. Lewis, Executive Director of the Ohio School Boards Association, The Columbus Dispatch (September 14, 2013)

We must not let the loud voices of a few negatively affect the future of our children and our state. Recently, there has been a flurry of activity and statements aimed at undermining the Common Core.


Teachers Weigh In on Common Core

By Madeline Will, Ed Week (October 25, 2016)

Elementary teachers have generally positive views of the Common Core State Standards, despite concerns of too-high expectations for students and too-little support for teachers, new findings say.

What’s Working: Measuring and Celebrating Success

By Allan Golston, The Huffington Post (October 24, 2016)

Anticipation, nervousness, uncertainty—we’ve all felt these emotions while awaiting the results of a test.

What the New Education Law Means for School Testing

By Tawnell D. Hobbs, Wall Street Journal (September 30, 2016)

Educators say the new Every Student Succeeds Act is an improvement over the oft-criticized No Child Left Behind Act, started in 2002 with a promise that all American students would be proficient in reading and math by the 2013-14 school year. That didn’t happen.

Common Core math: How I learned to stop worrying and love it

By Beth Kassab, Orlando Sentinel (September 17, 2016)

There's a Facebook meme making the rounds that features a grossly-distorted photo of a car.

Common Core Math in the K-8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey 

By The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (June 23, 2016)

In Common Core Math in the K-8 Classroom: Results from a National Teacher Survey, Jennifer Bay Williams, Ann Duffett, and David Griffith take a close look at how educators are implementing the Common Core math standards in classrooms across the nation. 

Could High Standards Mean the End of Remediation in Higher Ed?

By Collaborative for Student Success Blog 

Evidence in Tennessee says yes. Data released this week as part of the Tennessee Higher Education fact book show a significant change in the state’s remediation rates. 

Those Who Can, Teach: Why I'm Thankful This Teacher Appreciation Month

By Ama Nyamekye, The Huffington Post (May 24, 2016)

When I was a teacher, I bristled at the age-old adage that said: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”

Guess Who's Taking Remedial Classes

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times (May 10, 2016)

Affluent communities often assume that their well-appointed schools are excellent and that educational malpractice affects only the children of the poor. 

What's So Scary About Common Core?

By Center for American Progress (March 22, 2016)


I'm Opting Out of Opt-Out

By Shannon Sevier (National PTA), Huffington Post (February 29, 2016)

With the arrival of spring comes assessment season for students, families and educators across the country. 

Common Core's Surprisingly Deep Roots

By Robert Pondiscio, US NEWS (February 26, 2016)

On the campaign trail, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reliably wins applause with a call to "repeal every word of Common Core." 

Falling back in love with math

By The Collaborative for Student Success (February 16, 2016)

Parents around the country have expressed trepidation about new math instruction they don’t recognize and rightful concern that they are unable to help their children with their homework.

Calling a truce in the math wars

By Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe (January 8, 2016)

It’s time to call a truce in the math wars.

Department of Defense Schools Adapt to Their Versions of Common Core Math

By the Hechinger Report, USA News (February 10, 2016)

Standing in front of a smartboard, 5-year-old Kaleb Eckerfield touches an icon of a storm cloud with raindrops. 

Why parents don't need to fear Common Core math

By Kevin Mahnken, Fordham (January 8, 2016)

I encountered a bit of advice this week that my dear mother would have welcomed during her brief and inglorious career as my pre-Algebra tutor: When it comes to assisting kids with their math assignments, parents can afford to do less

The Counterfeit High School Diploma

By The Editorial Board, The New York Times (December 31, 2015)

Teachers unions and other critics of federally required standardized tests have behaved in recent years as though killing the testing mandate would magically remedy everything that ails education in the United States. 

The Math-Class Paradox

By Joe Boaler, The Atlantic (December 31, 2015)

Why do so many students hate math, fear it, or both?

3 Reasons Christians Can Celebrate the 'Every Student Succeeds Act'

By Andrea Ramirez, CP Opinion (December 28, 2015)

This month the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)...

Why I Hope the Common Core is Not Dead

By Lindsey Stevens, CORELaborate (December 19, 2015)

Recently while on my Facebook I saw someone had posted "Ding Dong Common Core is Dead." 

Alexander: Federal Role on K-12 Will Be 'Very Different' Under ESSA

By Alyson Klein, Ed Week (December 17, 2015)

Attention U.S. Department of Education officials gearing up to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act: Get ready to raise your right hand and swear under oath. (You too, school district and state officials.)

Obama Signs Education Law Rewrite; Power Shift to States

By the Associated Press, CNN (December 11, 2015)

With his signature Thursday, President Barack Obama is setting the nation's public schools on a sweeping new course of accountability that will change the way teachers are evaluated and how the poorest performing schools are pushed to improve. 

William O' Brien: Notice who opposes Common Core

By William O' Brien, Charleston Gazzette-Mail (December 6, 2015)

Has anyone noticed that all the negative talk about Common Core focuses principally on where the standards came from...

What's next for Common Core?

By Julie Ball, Citizen-Times (December 6, 2015)

When it comes to what students should be learning, math teacher Jeff Andrews says he and his fellow math teachers at Asheville High want solid, consistent standards.

You're wrong about Common Core math: sorry, parents, but it makes more sense than you think

By James Goodman, Salon (November 30, 2015)

By now everyone has seen the outrage-inducing image of a third grader’s paper in which he is marked down for stating that 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 = 15.

Our Views: After politics, a long life for Common Core

By the Editorial Board, The Advocate (November 28, 2015)

Common Core is dead. Long live Common Core!

Staying the Course on Higher State Standards

By John Engler, The Business Roundtable (November 23, 2015)

Opponents of Common Core have been pointing to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal as evidence that Common Core State Standards...

Understanding Common Core Style Models

By Brett Berry, Math Memoirs (November 19, 2015)

Common Core Math Standards have been under intense scrutiny often with individual problems being picked apart instead of examining the larger picture of learning over time. 

Setting the record straight on Common Core and student data

By Rob McKenna, The Seattle Times (November 14, 2015)

AMERICANS today share a lot of information. 

Letter: Nix Common Core? Sit in a college class first

By Carmela Arnholdt, The Arizona Republic (November 11, 2015)

For once I agree with Mr. Robb: Common Core is a great benefit to students and teachers in a mobile society (Quick hit, “The slow and certain decay of Common Core”).

Laurie McCann Explains How Common Core is Working in her Classroom

By Laurie McCann, Educators for High Standards (November 2015)

Life is a wondrous journey and first grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.

9 Ways the Wall Street Journal Got It Wrong on Common Core

By Karen Nussle, EducationPost (November 6, 2015)

This week the Wall Street Journal published an extensive front page story that, at best, misrepresented the persistence of the Common Core, and at worst, was largely erroneous.

Common Core -- there's actually more agreement than you think

By Carmel Martin, Newsday (November 5, 2015)

The irony of the controversy over the Common Core is that proponents and opponents actually agree on much more than we disagree on.

Parents, Go Back to Math Class

By Ulrich Boser, U.S. News (November 4, 2015)

I recently attended "Math Night" at my kid's school, where teachers introduced the new approach to math...

The Common Core State Standards Are Good for Democrats and Republicans 

By Bill Richardson, Huffington Post (October 7, 2015)

Here's an assumption few would dispute: Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much. 

How the GOP Turned on Common Core

By David Freelander, Newsweek (September 29, 2015)

Chris Christie was for it before he was against it. So, for that matter, was Mike Huckabee. 

The Common Core Math Check: Why different approaches are a good thing

Collaborative for Student Success (September 28, 2015)

An Ohio dad, annoyed that he couldn’t understand his kid’s math homework, demonstrated his frustration by writing a check ...

Here's Why Math is Taught Differently Now 

Math Plus Academcy

Last week, a parent asked my why her child was learning math in a completely different way than how she had learned it. 

Business Leaders Know Common Core Is Essential to America's Workforce

The 74 Million (September 21, 2015)

Another summer has come and gone and students across the country are getting acclimated to new teachers, new classrooms, new books, and new friends. 

The Common Core test wake-up call is here

By Michael J. Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio (September 9, 2015)

Between 2010 and 2012, more than forty states adopted the Common Core standards in reading and math, setting dramatically higher expectations for our students in our elementary and secondary schools. 

Hispanic Evangelicals Focus on Education Equity and Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves

By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Christianity Today (September 5, 2015)

As students return to schol this year, including 13 million Hispanic children, thousands of Hispanic American churches will go with them.

There's No Revolt Against Common Core

By Carmel Martin, US News (August 27, 2015)

Headline-making polls suggest a full-blown revolt against school tests and the Common Core.

Ask Melissa: "Are children learning better than before the change to Common Core?" 

By Melissa Stugart, Educators for High Standards (August 6, 2015)

As most states embark upon their second year of full Common Core implementation, this is a very pertinent question. I wish the answer were simple!

Core of the Matter: Common Conversations: Thoughts from a Louisiana Student

By Myles McMurchy, Alliance for Excellent Education (August 4, 2015)

When I tell people I am interested in education policy, they often respond with, “So, what do you think about the Common Core?”

Mathematics in the Common Core Classroom

By Jana Bryant, Achieve the Core (July 28, 2015)

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics have delivered on the promise to provide math teachers in the United States standards that are clear, specific, and focused.

Matthew Leatherman: Schools may drive big changes for Army 

By Matthew Leatherman, Watertown Times (July 25, 2015)

Military family forums rarely make news.

Story Pirates Theater Troupe Takes Up Common Core in Expanded Repertoire

By Maggie DeBlasis, Education Week (July 22, 2015)

Can an educational sketch-theater group known for teaching kids the art of storytelling thrive in the age of the Common Core State Standards...

Tests Are a Part of Life

By Chris Minnich, U.S. News (July 22, 2015)

Today, more people are engaged in a valuable, national conversation about testing than I can recall in my career. 

U.S. Wins the International Math Olympiad for First Time in 21 Years! 

By Collaborative for Student Success (July 22, 2015)

The math problems students face at the Olympiad “test competitors’ abilities to approach situations creatively, rather than memorized formulas,” Business Insider explains.

William Bennett: The GOP Is Wrong to Run Away from Common Core -- Because the Standards Are Working

By William J. Bennett, The Seventy Four (July 21, 2015)

As the 2016 presidential sweepstakes heat up, and new candidates like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announce their bid...

Teachers back in school to master Common Core standards

By Katherine Ellison, Ed Source (July 15, 2015)

School’s out for summer – although maybe not, if your job is to teach the Common Core State Standards.

Proficient Now Means Prepared

By Center for Education and Workforce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (July 8, 2015)

The higher education community came together this week to show its continued support of high academic standards and aligned assessments in K-12 education. 

Vacation Bible Schools align with Common Core

By Allison Ross, The Courier Journal (July 8, 2015)

This summer, Vacation Bible School instructors at Midwest Church of Christ took a somewhat different tactic in teaching about Noah's Ark and the Gospel: They aligned their lessons to Common Core standards.

The Connection Between Real Life and "New Math"

By Nicole Smith (blog), Center for Teaching Quality (July 7, 2015)

When it comes to math, I can imagine cold fear running down the center of many parents’ spines. I get it. 

The Places Kids Can Go, If Teachers Lead Them There

By Jessica Moore, Education Post (July 6, 2015)

Many teachers I work with don’t know how to read for deeper analysis and meaning in text, an important skill we all need to learn. 

What Do Parents Think About the Common Core?

By Laura Strait, TNTP (July 2, 2015)

As a teacher at Aspire ERES Academy in Oakland, California, I know firsthand how challenging it is to raise standards for students...

Beyond Fiction: Expanding What Counts as Meaningful Student Reading 

By Betty Hsu, Education Post (July 1, 2015)

In a previous post, I talked about the importance of personally meaningful reading content.

Military Families Get Short-Changed in Education: They Deserve Better

By Dr. Gus Reyes, Christian Post (July 1, 2015)

At seven years old, I learned about the harsh realities of the world. 

Stronger schools improve Army communities

By James "Spider" Marks, Stars and Stripes (June 28, 2015)

A new report linking the quality of education offered at local schools and the economic value provided to communities from U.S. Army bases could spell trouble for some states. 

The Common Core Is Not the Problem

By Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, Education Week (June 23, 2015)

Many have lamented the affect of the standardized assessments, especially for those students who are behind...

Lessons from the Principal of a Kentucky School That Went From One of the Worst to One of the Best Under Common Core

By Sarah Butrymowicz, Washington Monthly (June 18, 2015)

When results from Kentucky’s first round of Common Core aligned testing came out in 2011, Southside Elementary School in Lee County, like most schools, found itself looking at grim numbers.

Meet the New Common Core

By Jordan Ellenberg, The New York Times (June 16, 2015)

HATE the Common Core? You’re not alone. 

Why 'I believe all students should have the same standards' -- principal who backs Common Core

By Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post (June 15, 2015)

This is the eighth in a continuing series of letters between two award-winning school principals, one who likes the Common Core State Standards and the other who doesn’t. 

Common Core can help Latino students

By Bill Richardson, CNN (June 15, 2015)

Graduation season is upon us once again.

Don't do away with school testing 

By the Editorial Board, The Washington Post (June 8, 2015)

COMPLAINTS ABOUT public school testing have been on the rise, centered on the amount of time devoted to the assessments...

Education Professor Shows How Common Core Works in Teacher Training 

By Joetta Sack-Min, Learning First Alliance (June 5, 2015)

How have the Common Core State Standards impacted higher education and teacher training? 

Closing the Honesty Gap in Education for Hispanic Students 

By Samuel Rodriguez, Christian Post (June 4, 2015)

Honesty cannot be optional for a strong and free society. 

Common Core's First Breakout Hit

By Robert Pondiscio, U.S. News (May 29, 2015)

I like the Common Core State Standards just fine, but let me confess a little secret: Standards have never interested me very much.

Teachers, It's Time to Make Our Voices Heard

By Paige Dulaney, Education Post (May 28, 2015)

Educators today face many challenges that did not exist years ago. Amidst evaluation documentation, learning and mastering new standards, being a filter between the world and their students, it is easy for us to become mentally and emotionally exhausted.

The Importance of Play as a Learning Tool

By David Liben (Letter to the Editor), The New York Times (May 26, 2015)

Re “Let the Kids Learn Through Play,” by David Kohn (Sunday Review, May 17): As one of the teachers who provided input for the writing...

PARCC States Vote to Shorten Test Time and Simplify Test Administration

By the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (May 21, 2015)

The PARCC Governing Board, made up of the state education commissioners and superintendents, voted Wednesday to consolidate...

State Teachers of the Year Defend the Common Core

Letter to the Editor, Education Week (May 19, 2015)

In any profession, there are outstanding individuals who inspire others to greater heights.

Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities Between State Tests and the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

By Achieve (May 14, 2015)

Frequently, states’ testing and reporting processes yield significantly different results than the data collected and reported by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). 

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

By Dave Powell, Education Week (May 5, 2015)

By now most of us are well aware of the concerns raised about the Common Core. 

Common Core retains outspoken supporters despite conservative backlash

By Ben Wolfgang, The Washington Post (May 3, 2015)

Common Core has become a punching bag for conservatives, but the set of school standards still has its fair share of outspoken supporters, including moderate Republican governors and powerful advocacy groups such as the NAACP.

Teacher Leadership: The Pathway to Common Core Success

By Andrew Amore, Nichole M. Hoeflich, Kaitlin Pennington, Center for American Progress (April 28, 2015)

The Common Core State Standards began in 2009 as a state-led effort to measure the nation’s students against a shared benchmark. 

Traction Limited in Rolling Back Common Core

By Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week (April 22, 2015)

For many foes of the Common Core State Standards, this was supposed to be the year their advocacy and passion would translate into victories.

What Explains Success at Success Academy?

By Charles Sahm, Education Next (Summer 2015/ Vol. 15, No.3)

“What’s going on at Success Academy?” 

What is Developmentally Appropriate Math?

By Douglas H. Clements, Preschool Matters (April 16, 2015)

Perhaps the most common criticism of the Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (CCSS-M) for young children is that they are not “developmentally appropriate” (e.g., Meisels, 2011). 

Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core

By Harold G. Levine and Michael W. Kirst, Education Week (April 13, 2015)

Now that the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics have been adopted in much of the country...

More Fizzle Than Spark: GOP Efforts to Sink Common Core Are Failing

By Karen Nussle, Education Post (April 10, 2015)

In the wake of last year’s midterms, Common Core standards appeared to be squarely in the crosshairs of newly-elected Republican majorities...

Common Core math, explained in 3 minutes

By Vox (April 7, 2015)

Nothing goes viral like a bad Common Core math problem, something that takes a simple subtraction question and turns it into a multi-step process that confuses anyone over the age of 20.

Common Core Critics Are Loud But Losing

By Alan Greenblatt, Governing (April 2015)

Common Core has become a toxic brand, the most contentious issue on the education landscape, reviled by partisans at both ends of the political spectrum.

States Raise Proficiency Standards in Math and Reading

By Paul e. Peterson and Matthew Ackerman, Education Next (Summer 2015/ Vol. 15, No. 3)

Since No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was enacted into federal law in 2002, states have been required to test students in grades 3 through 8...

To Boost U.S. Competitiveness, Leaders Endorse Rigorous Academic Standards in New Videos

By the Committe for Economic Development (March 31, 2015)

Today, the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) unveiled a video series that features business and education leaders discussing why college– and career–ready standards benefit students and employers.

Common Core Renews Our Commitment to Public Schooling

By Antipas Harris, Christian Post (March 18, 2015)

Nearly sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in the pages of the Morehouse College student newspaper...

Common problems with Common Core reporting

By Alexander Russo, Columbia Journalism Review (March 18, 2015)

“Something big is happening in New Jersey,” PBS NewsHour special correspondent John Merrow intones ominously at the start...

Should Kids Be Allowed To Opt Out Of Standardized Tests? Many Americans Say 'No'

By Rebecca Klein, Huffington Post (March 17, 2015)

Even though most Americans think that kids are given too many standardized tests in school these days, that doesn't necessarily mean they think kids should have the ability to opt out of these assessments, according to new HuffPost/YouGov poll

Core of the Matter: Keeping Up the Pace with Common Core (#CoreMatters)

By Ariana Witt, Alliance for Excellent Education (March 17, 2015)

The development of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is not this country’s first attempt at redefining excellence.

Educators Share What Math Looks Like in Today's Classroom

By Education World (March 13, 2015)

How is math changing in the classroom across the nation? See more here

Ditching The Common Core Brings A Big Test For Indiana 

By Claire Mcinerny, NPR (March 12, 2015)

Every eldest child knows all too well: Going first can be tough.

Common Core standards emphasize 'math that matters most'

By Katherine Ellison and John Fensterwald, Ed Source (March 11, 2015)

Jason Zimba, 45, a leading author of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics, grew up in suburban Detroit as the son of a waitress...

Despite Opt-Outs, PARCC Testing Numbers Soar

By Allie Bidwell, USA News (March 11, 2015)

Despite a growing number of students refusing to take Common Core-aligned exams this spring, a record number of tests are being completed, according to data from one of the two main testing consortia

Controversial Common Core testing works in Kentucky

By Tony Mirones, WCPO Cincinnati (March 10, 2015)


Enabling Student Performance on PARCC

By Emily Charton, Transitioning to the Common Core (March 10, 2015)

The key word in the title of this blog post is “performance.” 

Moral facts and the Common Core

By Kathleen Porter-Magee, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (March 9, 2015)

Have all the possible arguments about the Common Core been exhausted? Up until a week ago I would have said yes, but that was before we started talking about moral facts.

No time to lose on early reading

By Robert Pondiscio, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (March 5, 2015)

I’m a fan of the Common Core State Standards, but I recognize there are many reasonable and honorable areas of disagreement about them...

Ask Melissa: Can a state revise their standards once they have adopted the Common Core? Our Legislature claims you can only change the name."

By Melissa Stugart, Educators for High Standards (March 5, 2015)

Amanda,/ The short answer: YES! States can choose to revise their standards once they have adopted the Common Core.

Controversy over national education standards

By Danielle McCarthy, KWQC Illinois and Iowa (March 5, 2015)

National education standards are impacting classrooms and students across the country, including right here in the QCA.

Cost of implementing new standards would be high, say experts and educators

By Grace Tatter, Chalkbeat Tennessee (March 5, 2015)

On Wednesday, Rep. John Forgety announced he was foregoing a bill to replace the Common Core State Standards in Tennessee, in part because of a predicted $4 million price tag for the state.

No Time To Lose

By Robert Pondiscio, U.S. News (March 5, 2015)

I’m a fan of the Common Core State Standards, but I recognize there are many reasonable and honorable areas of disagreement about them...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Parents: Don't Opt Out of Tests

By Heather Haddon, The Wall Street Journal (March 4, 2015)

Gov. Chris Christie defended new standardized exams that debuted in New Jersey earlier this week, and asked parents to not opt out of the tests.

Common Core brings needed continuity

By James "Spider" Marks, Stars and Stripes (March 4, 2015)

Over the past year the debate over Common Core academic standards has increased significantly. 

CPAC's Common Core vaudeville show

By Robert Pondiscio, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (March 3, 2015)

I’d like to see Bobby Jindal use a teleprompter the next time he attacks Common Core. 

Conservatives Are Taking a Fresh Look at Common Core. So Where Do GOP Leaders Stand on Higher Standards?

By Bill Bennett, The Collaborative for Student Success (March 3, 2015)

Four years ago, governors from 46 states came together to agree to common, high standards of learning. 

PARCC can teach us...If we let it

By Amanda Kocon(Op-ed), Albuquerque Journal (March 2, 2015)

Anxiety about the new PARCC standardized tests has been swirling for a long time now, and as a parent I’m concerned about the level of testing anxiety we have created. 

Political attacks on Common Core are driven by pandering

By Campbell Brown, Washington Post (February 27, 2015)

At the Conservative Political Action Conference this week, the supposed evils of the Common Core educational standards were front and center. So, too, was an unmistakable case of pandering.

The CPAC Panel on Common Core Was...Not Good

By Patrick Brennan, National Review (February 26, 2015)

The main-stage panel on Common Core at the Conservative Political Action Conference today was billed by its moderator as a chance to learn about an important, contentious debate within conservatism.

The Republican curriculum on Common Core

By the Editorial board, The Washington Post (February 26, 2015)

“WE’RE DOING Common Core in New Jersey and we’re going to continue. 

Jeb Bush and Common Core Misconceptions

By Juleanna Glover, The Wall Street Journal (February 26, 2015)

I keep reading (including in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal) that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush supports Common Core education standards. 

Common Core works--when teachers and parents get a say in rewriting it

By Jayne Ellspermann, The Hechinger Report (February 26, 2015)

Dear Carol,

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards in New York you have described had to be challenging. 

Conservative Defenders of Common Core Push Back

By Mark Murray, NBC News (February 25, 2015)

With Common Core set to be one of the political flashpoints in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination...        

Common Core opponents face hurdles in repeal efforts

By Reid Wilson, The Washington Post (February 25, 2015)

Conservatives who want to overturn the controversial voluntary education standards known as Common Core have run into roadblocks in states across the country, largely erected by fellow Republicans who support the program.

Ready for the Journey

By Chamber of Commerce,  Business for the Core (February 2015)


The Common Core State Standards Shifts in mathematics

By Englineer's Week (February 2015)

The Standards call for a greater focus in mathematics. 

Common Core transform math learning 

by Laura Cole, Cincinnati Enquirer (February 23, 2015)

Remember back to your high school math classes. 

The Common Core: Setting The Record Straight

By Bill Bennett, Forbes (February 22, 2015)

Standards has stirred up much controversy and debate. 

Can gifted education survive the Common Core?

By Chester E. Finn, Jr., The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (February 20, 2015)

What does the Common Core portend for America’s high-achieving and gifted students? 

An ode to Common Core kindergarten standards

By J. Richard Gentry, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (February 20, 2015)

There is much wrong with American kindergartens—but the Common Core State Standards are not to blame.

Why Jeb Bush May Survive Common Core Criticism

By Janet Hock, The Wall Street Journal (February 19, 2015)

Is Jeb Bush‘s support for Common Core academic standards a deal breaker for Republican voters? 

The central problem with Jason Riley's argument

By Michael J. Petrilli, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (January 18, 2015)

We at Fordham are big fans of Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist who just joined the team at the Manhattan Institute. 

Three Things I Know about the Common Core 

By Tom White, Stories from School (February 17, 2015)

One of my fourth graders began school in a part of the country known for its spectacular natural beauty. 

Christie goes from Common Core supporter to critic, blames Obama

By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post (February 17, 2015)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is no longer the only GOP presidential hopeful to undergo an election season conversion from Common Core booster to critic.

Is Common Core Too Toxic For Republican Primaries? Maybe Not

By Blake Neff, The Daily Caller (February 26, 2015)

An NBC/Marist poll released Sunday of early presidential primary states suggests that while Common Core remains a divisive issue within the Republican Party, it may not be the destroyer of presidential ambitions it has been forecast as.

Lead writer responds to common Common Core English gripes

By Emmanuel Felton, The Hechinger Report (February 13, 2015)

Before taking on her role as lead writer of the Common Core State Standards, Susan Pimentel...

Twin Victories For Common Core

By Blake Neff, Daily Caller (February 12, 2015)

Defenders of Common Core won two big victories on Wednesday, as efforts to repeal and replace the standards were defeated in the heavily Republican legislatures of North Dakota and Mississippi.

Is Common Core Too Hard for Kindergarten?

By Robert Pondiscio, Education Next (February 12, 2015)

A report last month from a pair of advocacy organizations, the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years, argued that...

Any rewrite of No Child Left Behind should keep annual testing provisions

By the Editorial Board, Washington Post (February 9, 2015)

THE U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, Business Roundtable and the Education Trust disagree about many things. 

A Teacher Gets Honest About Common Core: 'Standing Still Will Never Get Us Anywhere'

By Melody Arabo, Education Post (February 9, 2015)

No one can argue the value of higher standards. Who wouldn’t want kids to be college-and career-ready? 

The U.S. is falling behind in education

By Mark Challiz, Des Moines Register (February 8, 2015)

Larry Clayton’s Feb. 6 letter is high on opinion and lacking in factual understanding of why the U.S. needs a common core curriculum for...

Reagan Education Secretary: "There's a tremendous amount of misinformation about Common Core"

By Mark D'Alessio, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (February 5, 2015)

If you were too busy prepping for the big game on Sunday to watch the morning talk shows, you missed...

Conservatives, of all people, should support Common Core

By Tom Dennis, Grand Forks Herald (February 5, 2015)

E.D. Hirsch was an educational conservative before educational conservatives were cool. 

Why Common Core makes the grade

By the Editorial Board, Minneapolis Star Tribune (February 4, 2015)

A few years ago, many Americans knew very little about Common Core K-12 education standards — even though more than 40 states had agreed to adopt them.

Guess What, Mom? Common Core Can Be Good for Your Kindergartener

By Erika Sanzi, Education Post (February 4, 2015)

I am always torn when I read pieces like that of Sarah Blaine, who shared her views on the Common Core State Standards for kindergartners.

Milestone Videos

By Great Schools (February 2015)

Welcome to Milestones, a free online collection of videos aimed at helping parents understand grade-level expectations in grades K-5. 

The Common Core Has not Killed Literature

By Meaghan Freeman, The Atlantic (February 3, 2015)

By now almost every teacher in the country has experienced the Common Core State Standards. 

Low K-12 Standards do a Disservice to All

By Wade Henderson, Education Week (February 3, 2015)

In the 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education, we've repeatedly seen the promise of equal educational opportunity denied to poor...

Letter: An argument for Common Core

By Timothy Pennings, Holland Sentinel (February 3, 2015)

This past Sunday, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, was a guest on Fox News arguing against the Common Core curriculum. 

Our number system: a no-go-zone for the Tea Party

By Bill McCallum, I Support the Common Core (February 3, 2015)

Governor Abbott of Texas made the following comment on Fox News the other day: “And when you plug in nine plus six common core you’ll...

Senator Says Common Core Contains Anti-American History, But It Doesn't Have History Requirements

By Will Ragland, Think Progress (February 3, 2015)

Last week, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a shot at the Common Core State Standards in an email to supporters claiming they contain “anti-American propaganda, revisionist history that ignores the faith of our Founders.” 

Rule No. 84; Diane Ravitch's Other Letter to Lamar Alexander

By Peter Cunningham. Huffington Post (February 2, 2015)

Education historian and reform critic Diane Ravitch recently sent an open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander with recommendations for...

The high cost of remediation

By Karen Nussle, Miami Herald (February 1, 2015)

The President recently gave the nation a prime time overview of his $80 billion plan to provide free community college tuition. 

Bill Bennett vs Greg Abbott Common Core Debate 

By Fox News Sunday (February 1, 2015)


Hispanic Evangelicals could determine GOP nominee

By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Des Moines Register (January 31, 2015)

Based on the performance on display in Iowa last weekend by several of the Republican presidential hopefuls, none of them seem to be...

Nine questions: What does it even mean to oppose the Common Core?

By Michael J. Petrilli, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute (January 29, 2015)

When it comes to immigration reform, it’s easy to understand what the hard-right candidates oppose: any form of amnesty for people who entered the country illegally.

Closing the Expectations Gap: 2014 Annual Report

By Achieve (January 29, 2015)

Find more about the report here

Coherency in Education Standards--Why does it matter?

By Cathy Kotlarek, Educators for High Standards (January 27, 2015)

If there is one constant in education it is change.  Ask any teacher, and they will tell you that things are ever changing.  

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on The Reconciled Church

By Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (January 26, 2015)

In order to sing the new, we must recognize the old song already stands played out.

Advise To Republican Leaders: Don't Back Down On High Education Standards

By Mary Scott Hunter, Daily Caller (January 26, 2015)

There is a message for Republicans in the results from the last several election cycles: we must continue to expand our base to remain the party of leadership. 

Education system in need of remediation

By Shawn McCoy, San Diego Union Tribune (January 24, 2015)

President Obama has proposed an ambitious nationwide plan for free community college. 

Cradle to Ivory Tower: College, President Obama and the Common Core

By Frank Bruni, New York Times (January 20, 2015)

Leaving aside all of the other good arguments both for and against it, I have one big problem with the proposal for free community college that President Obama recently outlined and described anew in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Thanks, Common Core

By Chad Orzel, Science Blogs (January 15, 2015)

“Daddy, ask me a math problem.”

Stay the Course, or Turn the Page?

By Michael J. Petrilli, Reg Blog (January 14, 2014)

Most public policy issues fit roughly into one of three categories. 

Common Core State Standards Level the Playing Field

By Matt Moll, Educators for High Standards (January 14, 2015)

It is an exciting time to be a public school educator.  

An Academic Checkup

By Chamber of Commerce Foundation (January 12, 2015)


Common Core Creates Professional Possibilities

By Maddie Fennell, Reg Blog (January 12, 2014)

In 2007, when I had my first conversation about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), I was firmly against them. 

Why Christians Should Defend Common Core

By Carlos Campo, PH.D, Christian Post (January 12, 2015)

As a lifetime educator, one of my many prayers for 2015 is that people of faith in America will more fully engage in public education...

What Kids Are Reading: And Why It Matters

By Renaissance Learning (2015 Edition)

This year’s report is based on data for more than 9.8 million students in grades 1–12 from 31,633 schools nationwide who read more than 330 million books during the 2013–2014 school year.

Will the Common Core Lead to More Schools Labeled Failing? Not Really. 

By Chad Alderman, Bellwether Education (January 12, 2015)

There’s a common misconception that the new Common Core standards and assessments will lead to more schools being identified as “failing.”

Gene Wilhoit on the Common Core, Part 1

By Marc Tucker, National Center on Education and the Economy (January 8, 2015)

Gene Wilhoit served as chief state school officer in Arkansas and in Kentucky before the Council of Chief State School Officers asked him to assume the leadership of their association.  

When the Standard Algorithm Is the Only Algorithm Taught

By Jason Zimba, Tools for the Common Core Standards (January 8, 2015)

Standards shouldn’t dictate curriculum or pedagogy.

Common Core learning standards provide a pathway to better schools

By the Editorial Board, Buffalo News (January 7, 2015)

First question: Is the Common Core the answer to all education issues for all time?

Common Core demands more

By Kate Bissett, Worchester Telegram and Gazette (January 7, 2015)

The Telegram & Gazette editorial board may have more questions after the Worcester Regional Research Bureau's recent forum on...    

Department of Defense Schools Shine 

By Walt Gardner, Education Week (January 5, 2015)

One of the least known educational success stories can be found in the 180 Department of Defense schools scattered around the globe...

What's Your Problem With Common Core?

By Melody Arabo, Michigan Teacher of the Year (January 5, 2015)

“Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.” -Chinese Proverb. 

Smart conservatism is at the core

By Helen Aguirre Ferre, Miami Herald (January 2, 2015)

Jeb Bush sure can cause a ruckus. His entry on Facebook and Twitter announcing that he will “actively explore the possibility of running...

Teacher Voice Showcase 2014: A Year in Review

Educators for High Standards (December 19, 2014)

Uniform standards will help DODEA students 

By Bennie E. Williams, Stars And Stripes (December 29, 2014)

We have the most technologically advanced military in the world, but its real backbone is still our men and women in uniform. 

Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive?

By Sarah Garland, The Hechinger Report (December 29, 2014)

Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual. 

The Man Behind Common Core Math

By Sarah Garland, NPR (December 29, 2014)

Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual. 

Common Core State Standard aren't so easy to replace

By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, The Washington Post (December 24, 2014)

Last month, former Florida governor Jeb Bush suggested to hundreds of lawmakers and education reformers gathered for his foundation’s...

The Development and Design of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

By Jason Zimba, New England Journal of Public Policy (December 18, 2014)

As one of the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics...

Rising to the Challenge: Are High School Graduates Prepared for College and Work?

By Achieve (December 18, 2014)

Key findings from surveys among recent public high school graduates (conducted November 2014)

10 Ways the Common Core Helps Improve Achievement for English Language Learners: What We Can Learn from our Laurel Street Colleagues

By Eric Brandt, Educators for High Standards (December 17, 2014)

As a third year assistant principal at a Title One school comprised of 58% English Language Learners (ELL) and 91% minorities...

Common Core: Bringing Calm to Classroom Chaos

By Jemelleh Coes, Educators for High Standards (December 15, 2014)

One of the biggest questions teachers face is how to ensure that every student who comes through their classrooms receives an equal education, regardless of previous academic experiences. 

Why Common Core Support is High Among Communities of Color

By Max Marchitello, Real Clear Education (December 10, 2014)

Last month, Diane Douglas – who earlier this year ousted Republican state superintendent John Huppenthal in a contentious primary battle...

5 Tools for Everyday Heroes

By Be A Learning Hero (December 5, 2014)

All across the country, teachers are working to help your child meet the Common Core State Standards. 

Common Ground for Christians and Common Core

By Liz Riggs(guest writer), Christianity Today (December 5, 2014)

As a former public school teacher, I have taught both the traditional state standards and Common Core aligned standards.

Common Core: Meet the Univ. of Arizona professor behind the math standards

By John Hook, Fox 10 Pheonix (December 2, 2014)

Two words that cause parents to squirm, students to shudder, and teachers to stutter: Common Core.

Here's a Plan to Turn Around U.S. Education -- and Generate $225 Trillion

By Randall Lane, Forbes (December 1, 2014)

Break down any political discussion of education policy and you’ll get the kind of rhetoric typical of a wealth manager. 

Why Voters Love Common Core

By Harold Ford Jr., Daily Beast (November 28, 2014)

There is a lesson in every election, and the results from this month’s midterms were rife with many for both parties. 

Common Core can narrow achievement gap for women

By Donna Shalala, Miami Herald (November 23, 2014)

Long before the term “glass ceiling” was ever coined, heroines throughout history have shattered narrow ideas of what women could accomplish. 

What It Takes to Fix American Education 

By Jonah Edelman, Daily Beast (November 23, 2014)

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

Former teacher of the year on the value of Common Core

By Nanette Lehman(guest columnist), Oregonian (November 22, 2014)

Haines Elementary walls are buzzing with inquiry-based learning and high expectations. 

Possible Presidential Contender Jeb Bush Defends Common Core

By Alyson Klein, Education Week (November 20, 2014)

Potential presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose views on the common core are increasingly unpopular with his party, launched a spirited defense of the standards in a wide-ranging speech on Education Thursday.  

Businesses want common core for common reasons

By Heba Kanso, CBS News (November 20, 2014)

Over forty states have adopted the Common Core State Standards Initiative. And international companies like IMB support it. 

Common Core: An Education That Does Our Children Justice 

By Antipas Harris, Christian Post (November 19, 2014)

Within education circles, like much of society, equality has become a buzzword. 

It's working: A teacher's report on Common Core

By Pat Sprinkle, Educators 4 Excellence (November 18, 2014)

A recent Gallup Poll reveals our nation’s teachers are divided on the Common Core State Standards. 

Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

By Cory Turner, NPR ED (November 13, 2014)

To start, let's go back a few years to what many teachers were doing before the Core

Responding to critics of Common Core math in elementary grade

By Robert Pondiscio and Kevin Mahnken, Ed Excellence (November 12, 2014) 

Common Core has the potential to shift and drastically improve math instruction in American schools, but its detractors have marshalled a raucous opposition to its proposed changes.. 

Common Core math can be a mystery, and parents are going to school to understand it

By Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post (November 1, 2014)

Jennifer Craig stared at her daughter's fifth-grade math homework. 

What a Common Core Classroom REALLY Looks Like

By Educators for High Standards (October 30, 2014)

It was a typical Thursday morning in my classroom about a year ago.

School Leaders to Trim Testing, But Keep Yearly Assessments

By Liana Heitin, Education Week (October 21, 2014)

State schools chiefs and a national group representing 67 big-city districts are throwing their collective weight behind an effort to reduce test-taking in public schools, while also holding fast to key annual standardized assessments.

What’s Right about Common Core

By Robert Pondiscio, National Review (October 10, 2014)

I confess I’m somewhat bewildered by the passionate arguments over the Common Core State Standards. 

Ex-Georgia Governor: Time for conservatives to reclaim Common Core standards

By Gov Sonny Perdue, Fox News (October 10, 2014)

Across the country a false narrative is perpetuating the idea that conservatives are ready to cede the fight we started years ago for high education standards. From the headlines and from the bullhorns of commentators, one might well conclude Common Core Standards are all but doomed. 

Knowledge Makes a Comeback

By Sol Stern, National Review (October 9, 2014)

I began writing about education 20 years ago, in part because of the disturbing instructional practices I was seeing at my children’s New York...

Op-Ed: Don’t let misinformation destroy the promise of Common Core

By Jennifer Alexander, CT Mirror (October 9, 2014)

Regarding Joseph A. Ricciotti’s op-ed (re: “Common Core takes the joy out of teaching,” Oct. 6, 2014), I could not disagree more.

School superintendents standing by Common Core State Standards

By Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post (October 8, 2014)

A majority of school officials responsible for implementing the Common Core State Standards say the new national academic benchmarks are...

Fact-Check: Hagan, Tillis on healh law, pay, Common Core

By Renee Schoof, Raleigh News & Observer (October 7, 2014

The claim: Tillis said the Affordable Care Act, which he and other critics call “Obamacare,” killed 2.5 million jobs.

Common Core State Standards in 2014: Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges

By Diane Stark Rentner and Nancy Kober, Center on Education Policy (October 8, 2014)

States, school districts, and schools are at a crucial phase of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at the very time...

Are Teachers Warming Up to the Common Core?

By Emily Richmond, The Atlantic (October 6, 2014)

In a new survey, teachers say they’re feeling more confident about using the Common Core State Standards in their classrooms—an optimistic finding that comes even as recent polls suggest dwindling public support for the initiative.

Parent says no mush for his first-grader

By Jay Mathews, The Washington Post (October 5, 2014)

Mike Petrilli is the new president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the most energetic and influential education policy think tanks. 

Survey: Common Core standards working well

By Greg Toppo, USA Today (October 3, 2014)

"Common Core" academic guidelines for public schools are sowing controversy as teachers implement them across the USA. 

Ky. report cards: the good, the bad, the controversial

By Jessica Brown, Cincinnati Enquirer (October 3, 2014)

Most Northern Kentucky school districts improved their scores on Kentucky's 2013-14 school report cards, released Friday by the Kentucky Department of Education, mirroring a trend throughout the state.

Common Core Criticisms Miss the Mark

By Jonathon Medeiros, Civil Beat (October 1, 2014)

In their June 8, 2013 opinion piece published in The New York Times, co-writers Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus discuss students...

Fuller Endorses Common Core

By Matthew Wisla, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (October 1, 2014)

This is no time for Wisconsin to abandon the Common Core education standards, according to Howard Fuller, former superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

Superintendents Support Common-Assessment Consortia

By Arianna Prothero, Education Week (September 29, 2014)

About two-thirds of district superintendents say states should stick with their common-core testing consortia, while 16 percent remain on the fence over the issue, according to results from a new survey.

Common Core Controversy: Is It All Politics?

By Allie Bidwell, U.S. News (September 26, 2014)

It sounds like the chicken-and-egg debate.

Common Core math is not fuzzy: Column

By Solomon Friedberg, USA Today (September 15, 2014)

Common Core math is getting the works from critics: It's too demanding for most kids; holds back the speedy kids; not the same as what parents already know; makes kids cry. 

Fact Check: Is there bipartisan support for Common Core?

By Julia Shumway, The Republic (September 15, 2014)

A bipartisan group of governors and state schools officials began crafting the Common Core State Standards in 2009. .

'New math' is really just new approach

By Patti Zarling, Press Gazette Media (September 15, 2014)

It's still 2 + 2 = 4 and 2 + 3 = 5, but students may use different ways to get to the other side of the equal sign.

Ted Cruz and Bill Bennett: Two brave men

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post (September 11, 2014)

When pundits and politicians talk about “courage,” they don’t mean physical courage, and they don’t usually mean courage at all.  

New 'Leaders and Laggards' Report From U.S. Chamber: Which States Improved?

By Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week(September 11, 2014)

Seven years after its "Leaders and Laggards" analysis found that states needed to do "a far better job" of delivering high-quality education...

The Conservative Case for Common Core

By William J. Bennett, The Wall Street Journal (September 10, 2014)

As the former Secretary of Education for President Ronald Reagan, I have been following the national debate over Common Core standards. 

Common Core 2.0: Common Core by another name

By Lindsey Layton, The Washington Post (September 10, 2014)

As the national debate over the Common Core K-12 academic standards rages on, most of the states that originally adopted them are standing by the standards, though they’re calling them something different.

What have states actually done in crusade against Common Core?

By Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor (September 10, 2014)

Some states are rebelling against Common Core education standards adopted by 45 states, saying it is a sign of federal overreach. 

How Google Apps for Education Can Help You Implement Common Core

By Eva Harvell, The Journal (September 9, 2014)

Imagine giving more than 5,000 students an e-mail address, access to 30 GB of cloud storage and the ability to collaborate with each other. 

New Common Core math standards add up to big changes

By Jill Tucker, SFGate, (September 6, 2014)

Some say the new Common Core math standards are too easy. Others say they're too hard or too focused on ideas rather than correct answers.

Common Core, a Work in Progress

By the Editorial Board, Bloomberg View (September 4, 2014)

There is nothing sacred about Common Core, the educational standards that are attracting renewed criticism as the school year begins.

Nancy Kaffer: Terri Lynn Land needs schooling on facts about Common Core

By Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press (September 4, 2014)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land opposes the Common Core educational standards.

Restarting the Common Core debate

By Michael J. Petrilli & Neal P. McCluskey, The Washington Times (September 1, 2014)

Over the past couple of years, a raucous debate has emerged over the Common Core, content standards in English and mathematics...

The miseducation of Bobby Jindal

By the Editorial Board, The Washington Post (August 31, 2014)

GOV. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to withdraw his state from the Common Core State Standards were successfully rebuffed by members of his own administration. 

Oklahoma’s public schools are starting the year in legal limbo

By Max Ehrenfreund, The Washington Post (August 30, 2014)

As the new school year starts around the country, educators and students in Oklahoma are caught in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. government and the state's lawmakers over what to teach in their classrooms and how.

Oklahoma Loses Waiver From No Child Left Behind Provisions

By Motoko Rich, The New York Times (August 29, 2014)

As a result of its retreat from Common Core, a set of reading and math standards adopted by more than 40 states, Oklahoma was notified Thursday that it lost its waiver from key provisions of No Child Left Behind, the signature Bush-era education law.

Mike Huckabee calls for ceasefire on Common Core debate

By Caitlin Emma, Politico (August 22, 2014)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee called for a cease-fire in the war over the Common Core on Friday, saying it makes no sense to “shed blood” over the standards when there’s no value in it for students.

Judge rules Louisiana schools will use Common Core tests as public support for standards wanes

By Kyla Calvert, PBS Newshour (August 20, 2014)

A Louisiana state judge has ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to suspend the state’s contract to use Common Core-aligned tests....

Common Core will stand in Louisiana for now, judge says

By Sarah Ferris, The Washington Post (August 20, 2014)

A Louisiana judge ruled against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s fight to delay Common Core implementation, clearing the way for state schools to move forward with the controversial standards this fall.

A tale of two polls

By Cory Turner, NPR (August 20, 2014)

Two new polls this week attempt to quantify the public's feelings for the Common Core State Standards. 

Americans react to Common Core and other Education policies

By Michael B. Henderson and Paul E. Peterson, Education Next (August 20, 2014)

Although opposition to Common Core education standards is growing, an overwhelming majority of Americans remain supportive...

Clearing up some misconceptions about Common Core

By Bruce St. James and Pamela Hughes, KTAR News (August 18, 2014)

The debate over the effect Common Core has on education is likely to be brought up during Arizona's gubernatorial races, but there are some misconceptions about the program.

How do you take the measure of a school year?

By Jessica Lahey, The New York Times (June 19, 2014)

As the school year draws to a close, teachers and parents are left wondering how to take its measure, to identify their successes, failures and lessons learned. 

Field test of Common Core exams went well, officials say

By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post (June 19, 2014)

More than 1 million students in 14 states tested new Common Core standardized exams this spring, and the experiment went well...

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation urges delay for Common Core actions

By Elizabeth Jones, PBS Newshour (June 11, 2014)

One of the most ardent supporters of the Common Core education guidelines, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation...

More Common Core silliness

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post (June 11, 2014)

Right-wing opposition to Common Core, as I’ve written before, is partly based on a series of blatant misrepresentations (or, to be generous, misunderstandings) as to what it is. 

College leaders rally around Common Core

By Allie Bidwell, U.S. News & World Report (June 10, 2014)

While hundreds of higher education leaders from across the country are intensifying their support of the controversial Common Core...

Use the Common Core. Use it widely. Use it well.

By Brit Kirwan, Timothy White and Nancy Zimpher, The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 10, 2014)

Many of us in higher education have observed an increasing number of students arriving at our doorstep not fully prepared...

The Common Core curriculum void

By Cory Turner, NPR (June 3, 2014)

Right now, America's schools are in a sprint. Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards. 

A glimpse of Common Core in the special education classroom

By Lindsey Siemens, Huffington Post (June 2, 2014)

"They can't do that...they can hardly read!" I had just told a colleague about a string of lessons I was preparing to teach...

Have patience on imperfect Common Core

Column by John Ewing, USA Today (May 21, 2014)

The public discourse over the Common Core Standards has gotten out of hand as opposing sides have become increasingly polarized. 

Sixty years later, education inequities remain

By Ben Jealous (Op-ed), USA Today (May 17, 2014)

When Thurgood Marshall walked through the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1952 to challenge the doctrine of "separate but equal," he....

Common Core eases one burden for military families

By Paul Eaton, News Observer (May 9, 2014)

Growing up in a military family is stressful. We put up with repeated parent deployments to dangerous places. 

Time to take a stand

By Dan Greenstein and Vicki Phillips (Op-ed), Inside Higher Ed  (April 28, 2014)

Over the years, we wanted to learn more about why young people who start college don’t earn degrees in greater numbers. 

Why we support the Common Core

By Richard Barth, Kipp Blog (April 24, 2014)

As the leader of a national network of 141 charter schools serving over 50,000 students—88 percent of whom are eligible for free....

When the circus descends

By David Brooks, The New York Times (April 17, 2014)

We are pretty familiar with this story: A perfectly sensible if slightly boring idea is walking down the street. 

Teachers reveal what they REALLY think about Common Core

By the Higher State Standards Partnership, The Daily Caller(March 17, 2014)

Shocking news: In classrooms and school staff meetings across the country, teachers and school administrators are sharing enthusiasm over new educational standards known as the Common Core State Standards. 

The history of Common Core State Standards

By Allie Bidwell, U.S. News & World Report (February 27, 2014)

For some, the Common Core State Standards seemed to come from nowhere, and appeared to be a sneaky attack on states' rights to control...

Nuclear core

By NL | Chicago, The Economist (January 16, 2014)

THIS year anyone with any interest in education will find it hard to ignore the growing, and often nonsensical...

State lawmakers face tough choices on Common Core

By Andrew Ujifusa, EdWeek (January 7, 2014)

State legislators begin their 2014 sessions this month grappling with the best way forward on the Common Core State Standards...

Leaders of teachers union, business group join to support Common Core standards

By Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post (December 18, 2013)

The head of the country’s second-largest teachers union and a business leader who tried to weaken unions as a onetime governor of Michigan...

Don't fear Common Core

By Andrew Vega, The Los Angeles Times (September 19, 2013)

I used to be afraid of the Common Core, a national effort to align public school curriculum goals across state lines and provide better tools...

Other States

Idaho teacher shares her love for Common Core on Facebook

By The Collaborative for Student Success (November 2015)

“Dang I love Common Core!” junior high school math teacher Meg Rowe shared in a post on Facebook that has gone viral.

New Student Assessments Are Tests Worth Taking

By Joanna Eagan-Murray, Educators for High Standards (October 2, 2015)

California has more students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade than 20 other states in the nation. That is a staggering number of students – more than 3 million – and families who are counting on us to provide the highest quality education possible.

The day Common Core came home

By Cameron Smith, Alabama Local News (August 31, 2015)

As I walked in the door, it caught my eye. On the kitchen table was a rather large bag overflowing with papers, piles of coupons and other advertising material.

Washington wisely stays course with Common Core

By The Editorial Board, The News Tribune (August 29, 2015)

The first round of Common Core-based test scores, released two weeks ago, shows Washington students falling far short of last year’s performance.

Audra McPhillips: Helping Families Adapt to Common Core Math

By Audra McPhillips (guest writer), Go Local Providence (July 24, 2015)

If you’ve paid any attention to education over the last few years, you know that Rhode Island has adopted the Common Core State Standards.

Shifts in the Classroom: Raising the Bar through Deeper Instruction

By Troy Rivera, Educators for High Standards (July 2, 2015)

In the late 1990s, I can remember sitting in college-prep English class reading Shakespeare's Macbeth. 

This Kindergarten Teacher Will Not Throw in the Towel on Common Core

By Angelina Saenz, Education Post (June 22, 2015)

I have been teaching for 15 years within the Los Angeles Unified School District, am a product of the LAUSD and the parent of two boys who attend Title I schools in the district.

Raising the Bar on Expectations for Student Learning 

By Quida Newton, Educators for High Standards (June 15, 2015)

As an educator in Arkansas, I know we all want students in Arkansas to be successful in whatever their future might be...

How one school fashions geometry lessons from recyclables

By KPCC (June 6, 2015)

Amid rows of chairs set up in Hawthorne High School's cafeteria, students, teachers and even the district superintendent strut around...

'I want to give my students access to the world'

By Laurie Udesky, EdSource (June 3, 2015)

Lovelyn Marquez-Prueher is an 8th-grade English teacher at Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes. 

Common Core standards = success in math

By Madeline Ahearn and Dev Sinha, Register-Guard (May 24, 2015)

In the 1980s, Barry Marshall had a theory that some ulcers were caused by bacteria, not acidity or stress. 

Teachers Taking Control

By Kaitlin Pennington and Nichole Hoeflich, The Hunt Institute (May 11, 2015)

In Washoe County School District in Reno, NV, teachers pull desks together, grouping themselves in grade-level teams to share...

Guest Commentary: Common Core is better than predecessors

By Michael Logan Guest Commentary, Denver Post (April 21, 2015)

At the end of class one day this fall, a sixth-grade student lingered in my classroom and, after a moment of reflection, declared, "I feel smart in this class!"

Bill Bennett Defends Common Core in Iowa TV Ad

By Beth Reinhard, The Wall Street Journal (April 20, 2015)

A group that supports Common Core is launching a two-week television ad buy in Iowa, the state that hosts the first presidential...

Why Colleges Should Care About the Common Core

By Harold G. Levine and Michael W. Kirst, Education Week (April 13, 2015)

Now that the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics have been adopted in much of the country...

There is no 'Common Core math' -- only good and bad teaching materials

By Cathy Kotlarek, Michigan Live (April 7, 2015)

Lately it seems like I come across the term "Common Core Math" almost daily. I hear it in conversations: "I don't like Common Core Math."

Common Core repeal, smoking bill, fireworks die on Legislature's final day

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette (March 14, 2015)

On the last day of the 2015 regular session, when several key bills crashed and burned, much of the fireworks in the final hours...

South Carolina Adopts Standards Intended to Replace Common Core

By Andrew Ujifusa, Education Week (March 11, 2015)

The South Carolina Board of Education adopted standards in English/language arts and mathematics to replace the Common Core State Standards at its March 11 meeting.

Iowa Core = common sense

By Jay Byers, Des Moines Register (March 9, 2015)

We live in a global economy where Iowa workers compete against others in similar industries throughout the Midwest, the United States, and virtually every corner of the globe. 

Senate committee votes to study, not repeal, Common Core

By Pamela Pritt, The Register-Herald (March 9, 2015)

Instead of an immediate all-out repeal of Common Core Standards — which could cost the state more than $128 million over the next four years — the Senate Committee on Education voted Monday to alter the bill to require a year-long study. 

Let's use common sense with Common Core

By Shawn Hayes, The Tennessean (March 9, 2015)

As I reflect on my years of teaching special education, I am often reminded of the constant change that occurs in the classroom. 

Open letter to State Sen. Rusty Glover

By Ann Marie Gorgill (guest opinion), Birmingham News (March 9, 2015)

Dear Senator Glover, 

I have no doubt that you and all senators involved in writing and sponsoring Senate Bill 101 want what's best for Alabama's children.

Common Core review shouldn't diminish standards for Louisiana students

By the Editorial Board, Times Picayune (March 6, 2015)

With tens of thousands of Louisiana students poised this month to take a new test tied to Common Core standards...

Common Core in Tennessee survives first legislative challenge

By Grace Tatter, Chalkbeat Tennessee (March 4, 2015)

The sponsors of a bill to remove the Common Core State Standards in Tennessee announced Wednesday that they’ll go back to the drawing board in an effort to avoid another costly transition to new academic standards. 

Coming together over Common Core

By Charles "Chas" Roemer(Op-ed), The Shreveport Times (March 3, 2015)

Recently Louisiana officials who have been divided on the issue of the Common Core standards said they agree...

Michael J. Martirano: Common sense needed on Common Core

By Michael J. Martirano, West Virginia Gazette (February 26, 2015)

Common sense is the key to effective decision making. This is true when it comes to the West Virginia Next Generation Standards. 

Want better education standards? Don't look back

By the Editorial Board, Arizona Republic (February 26, 2015)

The Arizona Legislature's attack on the Common Core standards is relentless.

Iowa Poll: Common core not so radioactive for Iowans

By Jennifer Jacobs, Des Moines Register (February 26, 2015)

Common core education standards are a hot potato for some conservative activists in Iowa.

Common Core: Changes in the classroom

By Ashley Cullins, NBC 4 Reno (February 25, 2015)

"The standards aren't the ceiling that we teach to," North Valleys Math Department Chair Glenn Waddell said. "They're where we start."

School offers to teach parents Common Core through special program

By Mallory Jordan, NBC  8 Arkansas (February 25, 2015)

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - Many parents voice concern when it comes to the new teaching methods associated with Common Core standards.

Find the video here

Kentucky Chamber CEO on Common Core: 'We've got to bridge that skill gap'

By Marty Finley, Louisville Business Journal (February 25, 2015)

David Adkisson, president and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, said more rigorous teaching standards established in Kentucky have made learning and testing clearer and easier to interpret for both students and teachers.

Republican makes case for Common Core

By James H. Kelley, Arizona Daily Star (February 25, 2015)

I am a fourth-generation Tucsonan, conservative Republican and Navy veteran, who is active in my legislative and school districts and a supporter of Common Core standards for K-12 education

Kyrillos: Don't be fooled by the noise: PARCC benefits kids

By Joseph M. Kyrillos, Asbury Park Press (February 25, 2015)

When I think about policies that affect education in New Jersey, I immediately think of fellow parents who want their children to live happy, healthy lives and to have access to countless opportunities. 

What Diane Douglas doesn't understand about Common Core

By Patrick O'Grady, Pheonix Business Journal (February 25, 2015)

It's easy to start a fight among Arizona politicians just by saying Common Core.

No child Left Behind and testing help hold schools accountable

By Paul E. Peterson(Op-ed), Los Angeles Times (February 23, 2015)

The controversial education law known as No Child Left Behind is up for reauthorization, and amid the nuances under debate...

Kentucky educators see improvement with Common Core

Lashana Harney, College Heights Herald (February 23, 2015)

Five years ago, Kentucky became the first state to establish new academic standards as a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Senate votes to preserve Common Core

By Howard Fischer, Arizona Capitol Times (February 23, 2015)

Common Core appears to be here to stay, at least for the time being.

A smarter test for Iowa's schoolchildren

By charlie Edwards and Mary Ellen Miller(Op-ed), Des Moines Register (February 23, 2015)

As members of the State Board of Education, which unanimously endorsed a proposed new state assessment for Iowa...

State education chief defends PARCC

By David C. Hespe (Letter to the Editor), Asbury Park Press (February 22, 2015)

As New Jersey schools transition to a new statewide test called PARCC, many parents are confused — and receiving conflicting information — about the new computer-based assessment. It's time to set the record straight.

AZ efforts to kill Common Core are damaging

By the Editorial Board, Arizona Daily Star (February 21, 2015)

Arizona Republican lawmakers are trying to kill Common Core academic standards and eventually replace them with a to-be-determined set of new standards. 

United Way backs Common Core

By R. Michael Alexander (Letter to the Editor), Fresno Bee (February 20, 2015)

In response to the Feb. 12 op-ed “Common Core math is worth the effort,” by Jerrod Bradley: United Way of Fresno County applauds...

Giving Back: Online tutoring, homework and help linked at Portal

By Monique Roth L'Observateur, L'Observateur (February 20, 2015)

As expectations for public school students continue to rise across the country and state via curriculum and test changes...

Kansas ed department launches online feedback tool for language arts, math standards

By Suzanne Perez Tobias, The Wichita Eagle (Febrary 18, 2015)

Kansas education officials have launched an online tool to gather feedback from parents, teachers and others on the state’s language arts and math standards.

Joanna Burt-Kinderman: A teacher speaks up for common core math

By Joanna Burt-Kinderman, Charleston Gazette (February 18, 2015)

I have been a math teacher and coach of other teachers for 15 years, and I am an advocate for the new Common Core Next Generation math standards. 

The Case for Common Core

Dads Roundtable (February 17, 2015)

I work in education so I hear a lot about Common Core.  

Common Core doesn't hinder learning

By Danielle Alexander, The Detroit News (February 16, 2015)

Upon finishing a novel this week, two of my 9th grade students asked if I could organize an end-of-unit discussion or debate in addition to the literary essay I had to assign as the unit’s common summative assessment since there is still “so much to talk about.”

Common Core is working; Nevada mustn't turn back

By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, Las Vegas Review Journal (February 16, 2015)

The year 2015 will carry special significance throughout much of the country — including Nevada — as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards.

Students at Sonoma Elementary excited about project-based learning

By Olivia Lewis, Battle Creek Enquirer (February 15, 2015)

Ten dots changed the way Erin Willard's class of kindergartners learn in the classroom.

Don't throw out PARCC in Colorado before it has been instituted

By Jessica Moore (Letter to the Editor), Denver Post (February 14, 2015)

Michael Mazenko notes that the argument for PARCC tests is not “evidence-based.” Neither is the argument against — we haven’t even administered the test yet.

Bobby Jindal should stop spreading fear about Common Core exam

By the editorial Board, Times Picayune (February 8, 2015)

Unable to persuade the state Board of Elementary & Secondary Education, the Legislature or the courts to derail Common Core testing, Gov. Bobby Jindal now is encouraging parents to have their children opt out of the new exam. He wants schools to offer those children a different test.

Nothing to fear with Common Core

By Timothy Hunt, CDA Press (February 6, 2015)

I have a unique vantage point from which to view Common Core. Last fall, the Idaho Department of Education issued an open invitation to Idaho residents to serve on its Bias and Sensitivity Committee; application directions appeared in the Coeur d'Alene Press and elsewhere. 

Fremont schools see drop in expulsions, suspensions, mirroring statewide decreases

By Aliyah Mohammed, San Jose Mercury News (February 5, 2015)

A decrease in the number of expulsions and suspensions authorized by Fremont Unified School District in the last three years is a trend being echoed around California and nationwide.

Teacher of the Year prefers to open doors, not stand behind closed ones

By Michele Miller, Tampa Bay Times (February 5, 2015)

The dust had barely settled on the Friday night accolades, but it was back to business Monday morning for Hudson High School language arts teacher Beth Hess.

Principal Blends the Arts and Common Core With a Dose of Mindful Breathing

By Rosa Goldensohn, DNA Info (February 1, 2015)

City Knoll, M.S. 933, a brand-new Manhattan middle school with an artistic bent, opened its doors in September 2014.

Don't buy the lies of Common Core foes

By Rod Gramer, CDA Press (January 31, 2015)

It is amazing that eight years after the Idaho Core Standards were conceived by Superintendent Tom Luna and Governor Butch Otter, four...

Misguided bill would nudge parents to say 'no' to state testing: Editorial Agenda 2015

By the Oregonian Editorial Board, The Oregonian (January 27, 2015)

Opponents of standardized testing who consider noncompliance a reasonable tactic have found an ally in Rep. Lew Frederick, D-Portland

Data-driven teaching earns Wrightstown school top grade

By Adam Rodewald, Green Bay Press Gazette (January 26, 2015)

Near the center of Wrightstown Middle School is an incandescently lit classroom, where small groups of students rotate in and out every hour.

What Common Core has in common with broccoli

By Rachel Canter, The Clarion-Ledger (January 25, 2015)

I have never seen someone gag as hard as our daughter did the first time we tried to feed her green vegetables. 

Why Teacher Voice Should be at the "Core" of the Education Policy Debate

By Jeff Hinton, Educators for High Standards (January 22, 2015)

“I hate history class, it’s boring!” If I had a nickel for every time I heard a student utter that sentiment, I could retire by now.

Tennessee's 'front-running' schools earn national attention 

By James Dittes, Tennessean (January 21, 2015)

“Great,” isn’t a word I’m used to hearing describe the job I’m doing, teaching in Tennessee.

Common Misperceptions

By Annice Brave, Illinois' 2011 Teacher of the Year, Reg Blog (January 19, 2015)

A typical day in my College Preparatory English III classroom in Illinois looks like this: Students work in small groups annotating passages from a novel. 

Districts don't foresee changes with governor's call to rid Common Core

By Donna Frake, Lake County Now (January 19, 2015)

Despite Gov. Scott Walker's call for legislation rescinding requirements for school districts to use Common Core standards, local districts do not expect it to have much of an effect here.

Sumner teacher: Legislation threatens student progress

By James Dittes, Tennessean (January 16, 2015)

Last June, I toured Georgetown University alongside my daughter, Ellie, a senior at Station Camp High School.

State ed board tweaks Common Core. Will critics be satisfied?

By Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution (January 15, 2015)

In an effort to preserve the Common Core State Standards in Georgia and appease critics, the state Board of Education approved changes today that reflect input gathered at a series of public hearings around the state over the last few months.

Give N.J.'s new PARCC tests a chance

By Patricia Wright, Newark Star-Ledger (January 14, 2015)

As the calendar has now turned to 2015 and New Jersey students are getting ready to take the new PARCC tests, let’s take a closer look at what distinguishes the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career from the NJASK and HSPA, the standardized tests that New Jersey students have been taking for years.

Loree Gerboth: Why you can feel good about supporting Nevada standards

By Loree Gerboth, Nevada Appeal (January 14, 2015)

The Nevada Academic Content Standards are the standards used to teach most subjects in Nevada. 

Louisianan's Common Core debacle

By Kyle Spencer, The Hechinger Report, (January 13, 2015)

John White may be the silver-tongued boy wonder of the school reform movement, lauded for his political acumen and often mentioned as a future U.S. secretary of education. 

Governor's Common Core advisers like the controversial new education guidelines

By Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune (January 12, 2015)

Twin reports from a state committee formed to review the Common Core found the education standards to be at least equal to and in many ways superior to the state’s previous grade-level benchmarks.

Richard Woods gets ready to steer Georgia Department of Education

By Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution (January 12, 2014)

Richard Woods becomes Georgia school superintendent today, a journey that began four years ago when the former Irwin County educator first ran for the job.

New York school beats the odds by "going rogue" on Common Core 

By Meredith Kolodner, The Hechinger Report (January 6, 2015)

 More than a dozen third-graders were doing squats on a snowy Monday morning, followed by punches and push-ups, but they weren’t in gym class — this was math.

SC shouldn't replace Common Core with inferior teaching standards

By the Editorial Board, The State (January 5, 2015)

WE NEVER have been convinced that opposition to the Common Core teaching standards was anything more than the result of a campaign by professional agitators to drum up anger toward anything that can be even remotely tied to the president. 

Standards for incoming college students are too low

By John C. Morgan, The Tennessean (December 24, 2014)

Tennessee’s children should be prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school. Unfortunately, they’re not.

Common Core experiment necessary step

By Chase Lovgren (Letter to the Editor), Asbury Park Press (December 21, 2014)

A few days ago, I came across a letter from Nov. 14, “Fight in N.J. just begun to scrap Common Core,” suggesting the removal of Common Core standards. 

Common Core is still the way to go

By the Editorial Board, Shrevport Times (December 19, 2014)

Here we are almost five years after Louisiana adopted Common Core State Standards, and the debate continues to rage on for some, including gubernatorial candidate Sen. David Vitter who recently flip-flopped on the issue by announcing that he’s now opposed to it and wants the state to pull out.

Miss. Board of Education releases strategic plan

By Jeff Amy, Associated Press (December 19, 2014)

The Mississippi Board of Education is abandoning incremental goals in favor of big ones, according to a strategic plan released Thursday.

Focusing on the "How" to Aide Student Learning with Common Core

By Justin Dye, Educators for High Standards (December 18, 2014)

Over the last two years, Heritage Elementary School has been able to create a laser-like focus that enables student achievement while protecting teacher autonomy in the classroom. 

How Common Core is Changing Math Instruction(For the Better)

By Carolyn Torres, Ed Surge (December 17, 2014)

One obvious trend that is seen in many educational forums nowadays is the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

Arizona Teachers at Heritage Elementary support Common Core

Educators for High Standards (December 16, 2014)

"Using Common Core standards to help guide my instruction has greatly benefited my students as well as myself. I LOVE that the standards are grouped based on grade levels...

Common Core can help region fill jobs

By Christopher Cabaldon, Sacramento Business Journal (December 12, 2014)

California's economy depends on a skilled and globally competitive workforce. Yet there are too few qualified applicants for many jobs—and the situation only worsens as we look down the road

Tony Evers: Higher and consistent standards are right direction for students

By Tony Evers, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, The Cap Times (December 11, 2014)

What does it mean to be a high school graduate? In Wisconsin, through Agenda 2017, it is our goal for every student to graduate with the knowledge and skills needed for college and career.

Common Core concerns: Educators in Worcester dispel myths about national standards

By Sara Schweiger, Telegram & Gazette (December 8, 2014)

 The Common Core State Standards dictate curricula, the study of literature is being phased out and students are being taught a new kind of math.   

Educators: Reworked S.C. standards inferior to Common Core

By Jamie Self, The State (December 1, 2014)

South Carolina’s breakup with Common Core is bittersweet.

Tennessee Teachers Chafe at Common-Core Uncertainty

By Lauren Camera, Education Week (November 25, 2014)

On a hot August day during the first week of school, Heather Hobbs, a 26-year-old teacher at Andrew Johnson Elementary School in Kingsport, Tenn., asked her 3rd grade class to do something she knew that they wouldn’t be able to do.

In rural Mississippi, optimism for Common Core

By Jackie Madder, The Hechinger Report (November 24, 2014)

It’s early morning in Tyler Corbin’s third-grade math class at Quitman County Elementary, and Corbin is about to teach his students how to divide. He draws 24 stars on his electronic whiteboard, and then draws three circles below them. With the class counting along, he drags stars one at a time into the circles to create three equal groups.

Higher expectations for Missouri schools

By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (November 18, 2014)

Every new school year starts with great excitement and anticipation for students, teachers and parents alike... 

Under Common Core, Teachers Band Together to Build Math 'Coherence'

By Liana Heitin, Education Week (November 10, 2014)

In early September, math teachers from across Kent County, Md., gathered for their first professional learning community meetings of the school year. Kris Hemstetter, a math and English/language arts coach for the 2,200-student district, was working with a small group of 3rd through 5th grade teachers and urged them to keep in mind "where our kids are, and where they're going."

Improving DuPage scores show 'teaching math finally makes sense'

By Marie Wilson, Daily Herald (October 31, 2014)

Students at many West suburban elementary schools are showing more growth in math than in reading despite new math standards educators say are more rigorous. 

The Common Core: Educators, students and families continue to study the state standards and learn by doing

By Jennie Grey, The Saratogian (October 18, 2014)

The Capital Region >> The Common Core State Standards, now in their fourth year in New York, continue to have a huge effect on teaching and learning throughout the state and the country, with voices raised both for and against them.

Common Core Classroom Perspectives: Teachers Respond to N.Y. Principal Carol Burris

By Robbie Torney and Lauren Trahan, Real Clear Education (October 9, 2014)

In “Common Core ‘Goes Way, Way, Too Far,’” N.Y. Principal Carol Burris critiques the Common Core State Standards based on her experience as a high school principal. We would like to counter her critiques based on our experiences as current classroom teachers.

Conservatives for Common Core: Why you should support it

ByMichael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, Detriot Free Press (October 9, 2014)

This year will carry special significance throughout much of the country, including Michigan, as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards.

Common Core tests now a ticket out of college remedial classes

By Katherine Long, The Seattle Times (October 7, 2014)

A new agreement among the state’s public colleges will raise the value of a couple of Washington’s high-school exams.

Governor, A.G. say Common Core hasn't cost Utah control of education standards

By McKenzie Romero , Deseret News (October 7, 2014)

Utah's governor and attorney general assured Tuesday that the state's adoption of the Common Core did not violate any laws and has not compromised the state's control over its own curriculums.

In NC, ruining the hard-won rewards of tougher school standards

By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman, Raleigh News & Observer (October 6, 2014)

This school year will carry special significance throughout much of the country, including North Carolina, as schools complete the transition to the Common Core standards. 

Low test scores may add to Utah debate over teaching math

By Benjamin Wood, The Salt Lake Tribune (October 6, 2014)

Utah’s path to the Common Core began with a math problem.

Editorial: Common Core myths --true or false?

By The Editorial Board, Newsday (October 3, 2014)

For many parents, students and educators, frustration has been the dominant emotion associated with Common Core. 

Georgia teachers: Wording of Common Core works for us

By Maureen Downey, Atlanta Journal Constitution (September 29, 2014)

Critics of Common Core contend the math and English language arts/literacy standards are poorly written and confuse teachers.

Op-ed: Don’t let Common Core fears lead to mediocrity

By Michael J. Petrilli and Michael Brickman (Op-ed), The Salt Lake Tribune (September 26, 2014)

Every new school year starts with great excitement and anticipation for students, teachers, and parents alike. 

Preaching to the Core

By the Editorial Board, York Dispatch (September 17, 2014)

Gov. Tom Corbett can't seem to convince the masses a $1 billion cut to public education under his watch actually was the largest bump in school funding ... ever.

Where Common Core is not controversial

By Robert Pondiscio, The Education Gadfly Weekly (September 17, 2014)

For over a year, I’ve been encouraging Common Core advocates to stop endlessly re-litigating the standards and instead to focus on getting implementation right. 

WRIGHT: Common Core embraced by N.J. educators

By Patricia Wright, Asbury Park Press(September 16, 2014)

September is always such an exciting time of year, as schools of all sizes and grade levels open their doors for the beginning of the new school year. 

Common Core is a step forward in education: Our View

By the Editorial Board, Wausau Daily Herald (September 15, 2014)

School has been in session for a couple of weeks now, and that means Wisconsin students have been learning, officially, under Common Core State Standards, the set of benchmarks developed by states in an effort to create a shared roadmap for schools.

Common Core: Georgia should not retreat now

By Maureen Downey, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (September 14, 2014)

We are likely to see another Common Core debate when the Georgia Legislature meets in January.

Arizona Chamber backs Garcia for top schools job

Mary Beth Faller, The Republic (September 10, 2014)

David Garcia, candidate for the state's top education job, won the endorsement of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday — the first Democrat the group has backed since 2006.

Critics say politics fuels Pa. standards study

Education Week (September 10, 2014)

Critics of new reading and math standards in Pennsylvania schools said Tuesday that Gov. Tom Corbett's call for public hearings a year after they were approved appears motivated by a desire to bolster conservatives' support for his sagging re-election campaign.

The myths on Common Core: Opinion

By Lawrence S. Feinsod, New Jersey Star Ledger (September 9, 2014)

Many New Jersey schools rank among the nation’s best. Overall, our 1.4 million public school students perform well in virtually any measure, including test scores and graduation rates.

Congressional report contradicts claims in Jindal's Common Core lawsuit

By Danielle Dreilinger, The Times-Picayune (September 9, 2014)

Common Core is not a curriculum, and it's all right that the federal Education Department offered millions of dollars for states that adopt it. 

Common Core backers take court victory over Gov. Bobby Jindal

By Danielle Dreilinger, The Times-Picayune (August 19, 2014)

A Baton Rouge judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of a New Orleans charter school group and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education intheir fight to proceed with national Common Core tests. 

Common Core standards foster 'number sense'

By Anne Keith, The Montana Standard (June 25, 2014)

If I asked you to multiply 12 x 50, would you grab a paper and pencil?

Longtime educator explains his belief in Common Core

By Dr. Jason Bell, Cleveland Daily Banner (December 17, 2013)

I have been an educator for 13 years and consider myself someone who is passionate about the profession. 

Find out why this prominent conservative supports the Common Core

By Evan Belanger, AL.com (December 17, 2013)

Make no mistake, Michael Petrilli is a conservative. An award-winning writer and education analyst, he serves as executive vice president of the conservative education-policy think tank the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C. 

North Alabama workforce and workforce training programs well-prepared for Boeing 777X

By Mary Scott Hunter, AL.com (December 10, 2013)

Recent news about the proposed 777X suggests the North Alabama workforce is somehow unprepared to build airplanes.

Teachers Positive About Standards, Despite Implementation Concerns

By Lisa Irish, AZ Ed News (December 10, 2013)

Teachers say the new academic standards will better prepare students for their future with in-depth knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills, as well as the ability to solve problems as part of a team. 

How did the Michigan Legislature do this year? A look back at 2013

By Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press (December 16, 2013)

Adopting Common Core standards for education, which are a national set of expectations of what students need to know in order to be career- and college-ready when they leave high school. 

Common Core explained to parents  

By Colleen Creamer, The Dickson Herald (December 10, 2013)

Dr. Jared Bigham, director of College and Career Readiness for State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, talked to parents at Dickson Middle School’s auditorium Tuesday hoping to dispel myth and quiet nerves about Common Core Standards in the Dickson County School System.

Haslam: 'Very Much On Board' with Common Core

TNReport.com (December 5, 2013)

[VIDEO] Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks with reporters about Common Core and the pushback his administration has experienced in response to its education reforms following his speech at a Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Michigan House signs off on Common Core standards, implementation to start

By Gary Heinlein and Jennifer Chambers, The Detroit News (October 29, 3013)

Education Trust-Midwest, which strongly backs Common Core, hailed the House action.

“The standards, with aligned assessments, are one of the most critically important foundations for raising student achievement for states today,” said Amber Arellano, executive director for the non-partisan research, information and advocacy center. 

Common Core can aid our schools

By the Editorial Board, Port Huron Times Herald (October 28, 2013)

The Michigan Senate finally approved Common Core State Standards last week. Thursday’s voice vote spared senators from actually having to record their votes — an indication of just how controversial Common Core has become. 

6 reasons why conservatives should back Common Core

By Chester E. Finn Jr. and Michael J. Petrilli, The Detroit Free Press (September 22, 2013)

Lately, Michigan has been lauded for its education-reform efforts, from its groundbreaking Education Achievement Authority to the institution of a new teacher-evaluation system. 

NC business leaders back the Common Core

The Editorial Board, The News Observer (September 18, 2013)

It was both encouraging and disheartening to see Triangle business leaders come out Tuesday in support of the Common Core standards for public schools.