Common Core Debate Analyzed

A Scripps Howard News Service (4/3, Kambhampats) article gives a primer into the origins of and the controversy surrounding the Common Core Standards. The piece touches on how classroom instruction is different under the standards, the role of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in creating them, and how they were a response to concerns “that a large number of high school graduates need remedial college help.” The piece notes that President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan “signaled to states that they should embrace these standards or similar if they hoped to win a grant through the Race to the Top program in 2009.” The piece explores states’ adoption and implementation of the standards and describes the growing backlash and controversy surrounding them.