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There is a lot of misinformation flying around about Common Core State Standards.

Below is a roundup of recent articles, opinion pieces and posts by policy advisors, debunking Common Core myths and highlighting voices in the transition to these new standards. You'll also find quotes from teachers weighing in on Common Core and see how state and business leaders are supporting the higher standards.

Opinion: Truth. As in, you cant handle it.

The EdFly Blog By: Mary Laura Bragg January 25, 2013 Im growing weary of the constant circulation willfully or ignorantly of inaccurate information about Common Core State Standards. And Im not just talking about the swirling from those in education circles who are either misinformed or uninformed as to the impact the standards will have on classic literature. As a conservative, Im already tired of the more recent swirl from those in political circles who wrongly assign credit of the development of these standards to big, bad Washington. (Continue Reading)

Common-Core Rollout in Big Cities Probed in New Report

Education Week By: Erik Robelen January 25, 2013 Many large urban districts expect to fully implement the Common Core State Standards by the

2014-15 school year, according to a new report that offers a closer look at how the standards are playing out in major urban centers. Districts also report that elementary students are being exposed sooner to the new standards for English/language arts and mathematics than those at the middle and high school level. (Continue Reading)

Opinion: Extremism in Defense of Mediocrity is Quite a Vice

Jay P. Greenes Bog Matthew Ladner January 31, 2013 So Michelle Malkin recently wrote columns of an alarmed tone warning of the dangers of the Common Core. Here is a taste: Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed by misguided liberal philanthropists led by billionaire Bill Gates are now presiding over a radical makeover of your childrens school curriculum. Its being done in the name of federal Common Core standards that do anything but set the achievement bar high. (Continue Reading)

Interpretations Differ on Common Core's Nonfiction Rule

Education Week By: Catherine Gewertz January 30, 2013 As the common core is brought to life in classrooms this year, some English/language arts teachers are finding themselves caught in a swirl of debate about whether the new standards require them to cut back on prized pieces of the literary canon to make room for nonfiction. (Continue Reading)

What English classes should look like in Common Core era

Washington Post By: Carol Jago

January 10, 2013 The claim that the Common Core State Standards have abolished the teaching of literature makes for a great headline. Who wouldnt get hot and bothered over the idea that high school students will no longer be reading Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, and Invisible Man? I would be up in arms, too. Fortunately, nothing in the standards supports this claim. (Continue Reading)

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Education Week By: Catherine Gewertz January 16, 2013 Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today. (Continue Reading)

What Teachers are Saying about Common Core

I am excited about having the same standards state-to-state. Maria M., Florida High School Science Teacher I think the rigor of CCSS and the streamlined categories/expectations are awesome. Erin S., Florida Third Grade Teacher

GE and Business Leaders Supporting Common Core: College and Career State

Standards: An Overview
What are the Common Core State Standards? In 2010, 46 states and the District of Columbia adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of consistent expectations for what students should master in grades K-12. The CCSS are rigorous, internationallybenchmarked standards that are designed to ensure that students leave school with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and careers. The CCSS ARE NOT a national curriculum, or federally mandated. The CCSS will have aligned assessments where scores will be available faster, providing parents and teachers the ability to immediately intervene and support struggling students. Why now? The need to raise student achievement in the public education system is clear, as American students are leaving school without the skills and education needed to succeed. (Continue Reading)

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