Best of Common Core State Standards News Clips
The Common Core State Standards have been voluntarily adopted by 46 states across the country. They enjoy bipartisan support and the support of educators. Here are links to some recent interviews and articles on the Common Core this week:
April 29 - May 3
Ohio House Ed Committee Chair Says He'll Fight for the Common Core "Kicking and Screaming"
By Molly Bloom, StateImpact Ohio
May 1, 2013
"The chair of the Ohio House Education Committee says he'll fight 'kicking and screaming' any effort to repeal the Common Core, a new set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level."
Common Core a test of conservative leadership
By Jay Bookman, The Atlanta Journal Constitution
May 1, 2013
"Three years ago, then-Gov. Sonny Perdue stood at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee as he presided over the release of national educational standards in math and English. As a member of the National Governors Association, Perdue had helped drive creation of the so-called Common Core initiative, and he was clearly proud.
"We have thrown our teachers into classrooms and said, 'Teach!'" Perdue told a closed-circuit national audience. "But we have been unwilling up until now to articulate exactly what it is that we expect young people to know at different levels. And that was why it was important for states to come together, as a coalition of states, through the National Governors Association, to say this is important and we need to identify those expectations."
Standards equip TN students to succeed in a global economy
By state Senator Delores Gresham, The Tennessean
May 2, 2013
"One of the most important things we have done is raise our state's academic standards, which are the skills and knowledge students are expected to know in each grade and subject. This work started after a 2007 U.S. Chamber of Commerce report in which Tennessee received an F in 'Truth in Advertising.' We weren't being honest with Tennesseans. By keeping the bar low in the classroom, we were failing children and failing to prepare a skilled, competitive workforce.
"This stark reality led to efforts by Tennessee's governor, policy makers, business leaders and educators to outline a vision for the future of our public education system. In 2009, Tennessee participated in a state-led effort in 2009 to lay out consistent, high expectations for what students should master at each grade level in English and math. This effort, called the Common Core State Standards, focused on the skills that business leaders in Tennessee said they needed in job applicants - critical thinking, problem solving and creativity."
Achieve has developed materials to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards. Visit http://www.achieve.org/achieving-common-core.
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