Our Position

(Home Page Caption:  Georgia Partnership President Dr. Steve Dolinger (second from right) participated in a discussion about the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards on Georgia Public TV's 'On the Story' recently. Also pictured are the show's hosts Bobbie Batista and Bill Nigut, Sen. William Ligon, and Barrow County 3rd grade teacher Sabrina Masters.)

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education believes our students must be college and career ready and as a result, we fully support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Georgia.  Best practice research tells us that the Common Core builds on previous Georgia Performance Standards and improves them. 

The Georgia Partnership and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced at a February 5 press conference at the State Capitol that a coalition of business, education, civic and military organizations has been formed in support of the Common Core State Standards (Common Core Georgia Performance Standards).  The Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition believes staying-the-course with the higher standards is the right thing to do for our state and our students.  Check the press release.

Check this quick (30 seconds) video that puts our position in perspective:  Common Core - Common Sense.

Our concern is around the high level of inaccurate information circulating about the Common Core.  They are not a national curriculum and these are not standards decided on by the federal government.  The standards were created by a consortium of states (led by Georgia) and local districts are still free to make decisions concerning curriculum, texts, and how their school system operates.

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's November 12 Critical Issues Forum focused on the Common Core State Standards/Georgia Performance Standards.  Guest speaker was Mr. Mike Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute.  A panel discussion offering a variety of perspectives followed.  An audience Q/A period was included.

View the videotape now.

Here is an article by the Georgia Partnership's Dr. Dana Rickman that appeared in an edition of the Saporta ReportAdopting Common Core Standards makes business sense for Georgia.

Dr. Rickman was interviewed by Atlanta's WAGA-TV about the Common Core.  Here is that interview.

James magazine ran an abbreviated Georgia Partnership article in their March/April 2013 edition.  Here is the complete story which includes the Core's background in the state and a teacher's perspective (Georgia's 2011 Teacher of the Year, Pam Williams).

WSB Radio's Scott Slade interviewed the Georgia Partnership's Steve Dolinger and Dana Rickman on a number of education topics including the Common Core.  Here is that interview.

The Georgia Partnership has long admired the work of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in clearly stating the case for the Common Core. We have consulted with them on the issues as they are discussed here in Georgia. We are pleased to see this letter that recently appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which makes a strong case why the standards are right for Georgia and why we must stay the course. Read it here.

Key Resources

The Southern Regional Education Board has released a report detailing Common Core implementation in 15 states.  Georgia receives high marks:  Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards.

When the Common Core was born back in 2009, Georgia's current governor, Sonny Perdue, was one of the leaders for the new, higher standards.  He believes in them now more than ever.  Read this piece from the Peach Pundit!

Here is more history going back even before 2009: U.S. News & World Report - The History of Common Core State Standards

Here is a resource if you want to be kept up on Common Core information on a regular basis.  The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has started a bi-weekly Common Core newsletter, The Common Core Advocate.  To sign up, drop a note to this E-mail address:  CommonCore(at)edexcellence.net.

More from Fordham: The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's Mike Petrilli addresses the misinformation that is being circulated by Common Core opponents. Lies, damn lies and the Common Core. And A Response on the Common Core from
Petrilli who is always quick to offer a strong rebuttal to opposition arguments. 

Visit the Common Core State Standards Initiative web site for current information. 

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has published its "Background and Analysis of the Common Core State Standards as They Relate to Georgia."

The Georgia Department of Education offers a variety of information on their web site.

Five Myths About the Common Core - Valerie Strauss, Washington Post

Here's a Common Core Ap!  We found this on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence (Kentucky) web site.

Common Core in the Schools - A Look at Reading Assignments from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, is a study meant to serve as a “baseline” that shows what the very early stages of CCSS implementation look like. Here's an introductory piece.

Conservatives for Higher Standards pulls no punches... it supports the Common Core State Standards. 

Here are some short videos from the Council of the Great City Schools that do a good job in explaining the Common Core. 

Education Commission of the States has a site that is devoted to issues surrounding the Common Core.

Education Week presents multiple teaching ideas on its Common Core Instructional Opportunities page.

EduCore is a source that provides tools for teaching the Common Core.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education wants to help put to rest many of the myths about the Common Core.

Get to the Core is a web site resource designed "to equip parents and educators with knowledge about the Common Core..." It has been created by Stand for Children.

Here is another Stand for Children resource.  This web site provides a wealth of information focused on why the new standards are right for public education. Check out the site.

Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction
Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce

What would Dr. Martin Luther King say about the Common Core?  Perhaps this provides some insight:  Dr. King and the Common Core from the New York Daily Post.

What about the Common Core as it relates to national security?  Check this opinion:  Common Core a matter of national security.

Here are some more recent resources:

Edutopia has released some interesting information about teacher and administrator support for the Common Core.  Check it:

Recent polls: Do educators support the Common Core?

Here is the poll referenced in the article.

Here is another strong teacher endorsement:

Montana Presidential award-winning teachers support Common Core

And while we are talking endorsements, how about state Chambers of Commerce:

State Chambers of Commerce Defend Common Core

... and more information:
ABC News... What are the Common Core State Standards?

Achieve the Core can help you get started on the Common Core road!

Center on Education Policy has published "A Research Agenda for the Common Core State Standards." The report details key findings from recent meetings and makes recommendations for developing a robust and timely research agenda for the CCSS that informs both policy and practice. (January 2014)

Achieving the Common Core provides a wealth of information and materials to help states and districts understand the content and the organization of the standards.  Provided by Achieve.

Alliance for Excellent Education has created Common Core State Standards 101.

Common Core Works is a web site of the Council of Great City Schools.

Learn Zillion provides 2,000+ high quality lessons by top teachers - all built from Common Core Standards.

National Education Association offers Six Ways the Common Core is Good for Students

National PTA offers The Parents' Guide to Student Success and more.

PAARC Online is a 22-state consortium working together to develop next generation K-12 assessments in English and math.

Ready Common Core:  Top 13 Things Experts Recommend When Choosing a Common Core Program

Stand for Children has released a video (Building Dreams) that provides a strong case for the Common Core and helps educate parents and the general public.  It is available in English and Spanish versions.

The Quality Data Campaign has a great fact sheet:  Myth Busters: Getting the Facts Straight About Education Data

The Teaching Channel has a wealth of Common Core resources including many videos.  Once on the site type in "Common Core" in the search block.

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is a right of center think tank that believes the Common Core is the right thing to do.  Their leadership makes several presentations in support of implementation.  Here's one made to the Arkansas House and Senate Interim Committees on Education.

Here is another Thomas B. Fordham resource:  Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, core knowledge, and the future of the Common Core

Tools for the Common Score Standards provides news about tools that are being developed to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

What is happening in other states?

Alabama - Standards should not be optional in Alabama public schools
AL.com (March 2014)

Common Core Sides Spar Over 'Opt Out' Bill
Alabama Public Radio (March 2014)

Bill would repeal Common Core curriculum standards
Fox News (February 2014)

Senate leader says Common Core repeal dead
Associated Press (April 2013)

Common Core opponents score 1st victory in Alabama
Associated Press (April 2013)

State board adopts standardized tests aligned with Common Core
AL.Com (April 2013)

Bill to Drop Common Core in Alabama Killed by State Senate
Education Week (March 2013)

Arizona - Arizona Senate kills ban on Common Core standards
Associated Press (March 2014)

Continue the legacy: Support stronger education standards
Ahwatukee Foothills News (February 2014)

Common Core standards are common sense
Arizona Capitol Times (September 2013)

Don't dumb down the PARCC Test
Arizona Republic (July 2013)

California -   Viewpoints: Common Core education standards put students on the right path
Sacramento Bee (January 2014)

California needs to jump-start move to Common Core standards for schools
Sacramento Bee (September 2013)

New Common Core standards are right for California
San Francisco Chronicle (August 2013)

Common Core poses big challenge for students, big opportunity for teachers (August 2013)

U.S. Department of Education Grants California Districts' CORE Waiver
Education Week (August 2013)

Governor to add $1 billion for schools to adopt common core standards
Southern California Public Radio (May 2013)

California moves quickly to carry out national education standards
Sacramento Bee (May 2013)

Common Core.  Are they ready?
Sacramento Bee (May 2013)

Viewpoints: Little 'Core,' too much 'Common' in reading list
Sacramento Bee (May 2013)

Early algebra: California's new Common Core math standards shouldn't limit access for eighth-graders
Silicon Valley Mercury News (March 2013)

New national standards a hit among teachers at Santa Ana schools
Orange County Register (February 2013)

Colorado - Schools struggle to teach new standards with inadequate books
Denver Post (March 2014)

Common Core is a settled matter in Colorado
Denver Post (February 2014)

Opinion:  We may be too hasty in instituting Common Core
Denver Post (February 2014)

Core standards are education's best hope
Denver Post (May 2013)

Critics linger, but Colorado girds for roll-out of Common Core
Denver Post (February 2013)

Connecticut - Op-Ed: Connecticut must stay the course on Common Core
Mirror (March 2014)

State to seek flexibility for rollout of teacher evaluations, Common Core
Mirror (July 2013)

Delaware - Governor seeks business support for Common Core and college readiness efforts
Delaware Public Media (April 2014)

Delaware governor, former Vermont governor, tout Common Core
WPTZ-TV (March 2014)

Common Core may delay evaluation tie-in with teacher evaluations
Delaware Online (January 2014)

Delaware officials tout common core standards
Associated Press (September 2013)

Florida - Common Core Backlash In Florida Prompts Change
Associated Press (April 2014)

 Study: Despite claims, many textbooks not aligned with Common Core
Tampa Bay Times (March 2014)

In rural Florida, Common Core brings big changes to classrooms
Hechinger Report (February 2014)

Editorial: Standards set, now get assessments right
Tampa Bay Times (February 2014)

When is Common Core not Common Core?
Tampa Bay Times (February 2014)

State education board to take up Common Core again on Tuesday
Sun Sentinel (February 2014)

Questions linger about Florida's participation in Common Core
Tampa Bay Times (January 2014)

Panel suggests only minor changes to Common Core
Sun Sentinel (January 2014)

Commentary: Tweaks to Common Core don't help schools, weaken confidence in system
Tampa Bay Times (January 2014)

Senate president swats down Common Core conspiracy
This story is behind a pay wall but wait for the video report that will pop up behind the wall. Orlando Sentinel (November 2013)

PolitiFact Florida: Education commissioner half right on Common Core cost
Tampa Bay Times (October 2013)

Common Core wins converts among educators
Tampa Tribune (October 2013)

Fact checking Tuesday's Common Core forum
State Impact (October 2013)

Commentary - Good questions in Common Core debate overshadowed by crazy train
Tampa Tribune (October 2013)

Common Core Q&A: Explaining new standards for Florida students
Orlando Sentinel (October 2013)

Education reformers need to cool their jets for awhile
Tampa Bay Times (September 2013)

Governor considers executive action to address Common Core controversy
Tampa Bay Times (September 2013)

Florida needs to continue with Common Core, some summit participants say
Tampa Bay Times (August 2013)

Common Core is our kids' opportunity for a world-class education
Tampa Bay Times (August 2013)

Common Core curriculum standards spark political firestorm
Tampa Bay Times (August 2013)

Republican Party Leaders Urge Support for New Education Standards
StateImpact (July 2013)

Teaching methods change to meet tougher standards
Orlando Sentinel (June 2013)

Building toward Common Core
Orlando Sentinel (May 2013)

Hillsborough School Board frets about new Common Core standards
Tampa Bay Times (May 2013)

Political fight erupts over national school standards
Orlando Sun-Sentinel (April 2013)

Georgia - You will find Georgia-related stories on the right side of this page.

IndianaStandard setting process, short on time, raises stakes for state board vote
Chalkbeat Indiana (April 2014)

Governor ends Common Core, but not its influence
Indianapolis Star (March 2014)

Legislature votes to ax Common Core as new standards pondered
Indianapolis Star (March 2014)

Political, Policy Feuds Roil Indiana's K-12 Landscape
Education Week (March 2014)

Most agree: Common Core alternative needs changes
Indianapolis Star (March 2014)

Draft Indiana Standards Get Chilly Response at Public Hearing
Education Week (February 2014)

Concerns raised on Indiana proposal to replace Common Core education standards
Lexington Courier-Journal (February 2014)

Many eyes reviewing Indiana’s proposed K-12 academic standards
Indianapolis Star (February 2014)

Pence Wants Education Standards ‘By Hoosiers, For Hoosiers’
State Impact - NPR (January 2014)

Out-of-state critics attack Common Core in Indiana
Indianapolis Star (August 2013)

Testimony in Indiana
Thomas B. Fordham Institute (August 2013)

Pence withdraws Indiana from new multi-state test, commits to ISTEP+
Northwest Times (July 2013)

Indiana students need Common Core to help prepare for work life
Indianapolis Star (July 2013)

Indiana teachers asking Glenda Ritz to support Common Core
Indianapolis Star (June 2013)

Gov. Mike Pence appointments might not affect Common Core
Indianapolis Star (June 2013)

New Indiana Board of Education member Andrea Neal: Teachers matter more than Common Core
Indianapolis Star (June 2013)

Common Core decision leaves Indiana teachers in limbo
Louisville Courier-Journal (May 2013)

Common Core's fate still unclear despite Indiana legislature's action
Indianapolis Star (April 2013)

Lawmakers expand school voucher program, pause Common Core
Indianapolis Star (April 2013)

Lawmakers head toward 'pause' on Common Core
Indianapolis Star (April 2013)

Senate renews efforts to halt Common Core
Indianapolis Star (April 2013)

The battle in Indiana continues: Left, right unite against Common Core
Indianapolis Star (March 2013)

Vote means state likely to retain Common Core education standards
Indianapolis Star (February 2013)

Iowa - Two bills could distance state from 'Common Core'
DesMoines Register (February 2014)

Kansas - Kansas opts to create its own Common Core tests
Topeka Capital-Journal (December 2013)

Move ahead on Common Core standards
Kansas City Star (December 2013)

Common Core is a conservative win for Kansas
Kansas City Star (June 2013)

Adopt the Common Core State Standards for education in Kansas and Missouri
Kansas City Star (May 2013)

Don't mess with school standards in Kansas
Kansas City Star (May 2013)

Common Core provisions muddies Kansas budget talks
Kansas City Star (May 2013)

Kentucky - Three years later, is Common Core working in Kentucky?
Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014)

Kentucky a national leader in instituting Common Core math and reading lessons in classroom
Louisville Courier-Journal (October 2013)

Video editorial | We like Common Core standards
Louisville Courier-Journal (September 2013)

Editorial | Getting math done
Louisville Courier-Journal (August 2013)

Battles brewing over education standards
Cincinnati.com (July 2013)

Letter: Initiative gives government more control of our lives
Cincinnati.com (May 2013) 

Louisiana - House Committee votes down Jindal-supported bill that challenged Common Core
New Orleans Times-Picayune (April 2014)

Governor Jindal on Common Core - What did he mean?
New Orleans Times-Picayune (March 2014)

Common Core to get new name in Louisiana? Legislator says yes
New Orleans Times-Picayune (February 2014)

State superintendent will ease evaluation consequences in Common Core's first year
New Orleans Times-Picayune (October 2013)

St. Tammany School Board approves anti-Common Core resolution
New Orleans Time-Picayune (October 2013)

Baton Rouge school district plans to hire Common Core consultant
New Orleans Times Picayune (October 2013)

St. Tammany School Board committee adopts resolution seeking end of Common Core in Louisiana
Times Picayune (October 2013)

Why Louisiana schools need the Common Core
Times-Picayune (July 2013)

Common Core standards are right for Louisiana children
Times-Picayune (May 2013) 

Department announces support strategy to empower teachers
Louisiana Department of Education (March 2013)

MaineSchools in Central Maine focus on Common Core
Kennebec Journal (February 2014)

Governor emphasizes Maine educational autonomy
Portland Press Sentinel (September 2013)

Petition drive begins to pull Maine out of 45-state Common Core education collaborative
BDN Maine (August 2013)

Maryland - Maryland and D.C. schools to begin field-testing new Common Core tests next week
Washington Post (March 2014)

Schools need $100 million in technology upgrades for new testing
Baltimore Sun (January 2014)

Massachusetts - Education Reform at 20 - Common Core, funding issues put Massachusetts’ great gains at risk

Michigan - Common Core standards for K-12 students approved by Senate, close to implementation
Detroit Free Press (October 2013)

Controversial standards place more emphasis on students' critical thinking skills
Detroit Free Press (July 2013)

Putting the Common Core into perspective
Holland Sentinel (May 2013)

Michigan House Approves Budget Stripping Common Core Funds
Education Week (April 2013)

Minnesota - Minnesota should act fast to reject Common Core K-12 standards
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (February 2014)

Mississippi -  Surprise, Surprise:  Tea Party Spreads Lies About Common Core
Huffington Post (February 2014)

Governor says state has right to define academic standards
Clarion-Ledger (December 2013) 

Teachers rewriting curriculum to align with state, national standards
Natchez Democrat (July 2013)

Missouri - A return to low academic standards for Missouri?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - April 2014)

Districts steer clear of Common Core fight
Kansas City Star (April 2014)

Adopt Common Core State Standards for education in Missouri and Kansas
Kansas City Star (May 2013) 

Common Core to leave districts in control of curriculum
Nevada Daily Mail (April 2013)

Montana - Presidential award-winning teachers support the Common Core
Missoulian (January 2014)

Nebraska - State takes closer look at national education standards
Omaha World Herald (March 2013)

Teacher:  Common Core standards beneficial
Omaha World Herald (April 2013)

New Hampshire - Common Core standards can help the state
The Telegraph (February 2014)

New York - Assembly approves a Common Core delay
New York Capital (March 2014)

Preparing teachers for the Common Core
New York Times (March 2014)

Common Core now has critics on the left
New York Times (February 2014)

Cuomo rips Regents for watering down Common Core
New York Post (February 2014)

A call to ignore exam results when evaluating educators
New York Times (February 2014)

Governor calls for panel to take 'corrective action' on Common Core
Post Standard (January 2014)

State throws book at old lesson plan
New York Post (March 2013)

New State Academic Standards Are Said to Require $56 Million Outlay for City’s Schools
New York Times (March 2013)

Don't fear failure, kid
New York Post (April 2013)
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North Carolina - NC needs to realize Common Core is a conservative victory
Raleigh News & Observer (Thomas Fordham Institute) (June 2013)

Ohio - No delays for the Common Core - editorial
Cleveland Plain Dealer (January 2014)

Bill targets Common Core tests
Cincinnati Inquirer (January 2014)

Stand Up for the Common Core - Ohio's students will benefit from improved education standards
Columbus Dispatch (December 2013)

State legislators try to repeal Common Core school standards
Columbus Dispatch (August 2013)

Ohio House Ed Committee Chair Says He’ll Fight for the Common Core “Kicking and Screaming”
StateImpact (May 2013)

Students need challenge of Common Core standards
Columbus Dispatch (April 2013)

National education standards will be a costly failure
Columbus Dispatch (April 2013)

Catholic schools embrace Common Core
Cincinnati.com (March 2013)

Common Core: More thinking, more learning
Cincinnati.com (April 2013)

Oklahoma - State Senate votes to repeal Common Core
Tulsa World (April 2014)

Oklahoma education officials say repeal of Common Core 'unlikely'
Tulsa World
(December 2013)

State pulling out of standardized testing through consortium
Tulsa World (July 2013)

Conspiracy theories about Common Core should be ignored
Oklahoman (April 2013)

Oregon - Tigard-Tualatin elementary schools debut Common Core-aligned reading
Oregonian (October 2013)

Beaverton School District continues to roll out Common Core Standards
Oregonian (August 2013)

Tigard-Tualatin School Board approves more challenging, Common Core-friendly reading curriculum
Oregonian (May 2013)

Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Stays In Consortia, But Won't Use Tests
Education Week (August 2013)

Common Core, common gain
News-Tribune (May 2013)

Pennsylvania education standards running into resistance
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (May 2013) 

In defense of the Common Core
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (April 2013)

Rhode Island - Common Core right for R.I.
Providence Journal (January 2014)

South Carolina - South Carolina parents kept children out of school Monday to protest Common Core Standards
WAGT-TV (November 2013)

South Dakota - Governor: I support Common Core goals
Rapid City Journal - (February 2014)

House says 'no' to Common Core rewind
Rapid City Journal (January 2014)

Tennessee - Our view: Business can aid Common Core through active support
Jackson Sun (March 2014) 

Vote to delay Common Core a step backward for state
TimesNews (March 2014)

Common Core delay would cost Tennessee millions of dollars
Chattanooga Times-Free Press (March 2014)

Governor pushing Common Core standards
Associated Press (March 2014)

Vote to repeal Common Core fails in Tennessee House panel
Chattanooga Times-Free-Press (March 2014)

Tennessee Senate approves bills aimed at Common Core concerns
Tennessean (March 2014)

Mom:  Common Core teaches kids how to think
Tennessean (March 2014)

Editorial: For the betterment of public education, Tennessee legislators should leave Common Core alone
Commercial Appeal (February 2014)

Common Core standards crucial to reform efforts
Chattanooga Times-Free Press (February 2014)

Governor sticks to Common Core
Tennessean (February 2014)

A shared need for the Common Core
Tennessean (February 2014)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donations help push Common Core
Tennessean (January 2014)

Frist-led group continues push for Common Core with report
Tennessean (January 2014)

Lawmakers balk at Common Core school standards
WBIR-TV, Knoxville (January 2014)

Common Core Standards make economic sense, too
Citizen Tribune (October 2013)

Senate hearing on Common Core shed light without heat
Tennessean (September 2013)

Common Core foes take their best shots
Tennessean (September 2013)

Don't throw away progress made by Common Core
SCORE Sheet (September 2013)

Common Core is good for the military
Murfreesboro Post (September 2013)

OUR VIEW: Common Core goals worthy; details need some work
Daily News Journal (August 2013)

Police support Common Core
Daily News Journal (August 2013)

Public education tech learning: Get it or forget it
Jackson Sun (August 2013)

The Hidden Cost Of Common Core Testing In Tennessee: Computers
Nashville Public Radio (August 2013)

Teachers adjust to Common Core changes
Times-Gazette (July 2013)

Common Core alters method, SCORE’s Jared Bigham says
Cleveland Daily Banner (July 2013)

Are Common Core standards the next GOP battleground?
The City Paper (July 2013)

Governor defends Common Core
TNReport (July 2013)

New standards examined - Educators say Common Core sets higher expectations
Tennessean (May 2013)

Huffman joins other 'chiefs' in letter supporting Common Core
Tennessean (May 2013)

Standards equip TN students to succeed in a global economy
Tennessean (May 2013)

SCORE Announces More Than 200 Tennessee Organizations Support Higher Academic Standards
Chattanoogan (May 2013)

UtahIs Common Core an upgrade or a 'cookie-cutter' education 
Salt Lake Tribune (May 2013)

GOP delegates to consider Common Core resolution
Salt Lake Tribune (May 2013)

State school board denies guv's Common Core request
Salt Lake Tribune (May 2013)

Keep Common Core
Salt Lake Tribune (February 2013)

Washington State - Local students putting big new Common Core exam to the test
Seattle Times (March 2014)

Editorial: Engage in new Common Core education standards - Washington state’s shift to Common Core world-class academic standards is challenged by a disengaged public.
Seattle Times (October 2013)

Wisconsin - Common Core bill appears dead in Senate
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (March 2014)

Wyoming - State to get say on new Common Core tests
Casper Tribune (August 2013)

Champion education: Focus on being the best
Laramie Boomerang (July 2013)

 

 

Common Core State Standards

Georgia’s 2008 Teacher of the Year Emily Jennette praised the Common Core from the teacher perspective at the February 5 press conference  announcing the Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition.

Here you will find a variety of stories and reports focusing on the implementation of the national Common Core State Standards - pro and con.  Although the Georgia Partnership strongly endorses the new standards in our state, we believe open dialogue is healthy.  Georgia focused information is annotated.

For the Record - Periodic Common Core Notes of Note

There are still anti-Common Core movements in some states.  The leaders at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute turn to Missouri with their latest commentary:  A Return to Low Academic Standards for Missouri?

Another educator - this one from Tennessee - takes the time to tell why she supports the Common Core, it's teaching students to think. Bluff City Education: Think Through Common Core

Now we hear from an education reporter who focuses on testing under Common Core.  This is a National Public Radio story:  An education reporter puts himself to the (standardized) test.

Here's a little different story.  What about the implementation of the Common Core?  This detailed story in EducationNext gives a good idea where we are:  The Common Core takes hold.

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Confusing math homework? Don't blame the Common Core
The Atlantic

There's confusion about the Common Core.  Some people are quick to blame it when blame belongs elsewhere.  This story offers some clarification. (April 2014)

Why police support the Common Core
StateImpact

When you think about groups who support the Common Core, you might miss this one.  But they make a strong argument for the higher standards. (April 2014)

How Common Core state standards prevent federal control of education
Daily Caller

One of the key arguments of the anti-Common Core camp is that the standards are an intrusion of local control by the federal government.  This article debunks that argument. (April 2014)

Apathy Can Suck Life Out of Democracy - Georgia
Dick Yarbrough

Sometimes it's good to laugh.  This column looks at some Common Core areas from a different perspective and if you have a sense of humor, you will chuckle. (April 2014)

Abandoning the Common Core is taking the easy way out
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This "Fly Paper" blog stresses the importance of issues like implementation should not detract from the actual merits of the standards themselves. (April 2014)

It's Time to Change the Common Core debate
National Math + Science Blog

Here's a strong blog piece written by National Math & Science Initiative CEO Sara Martinez Tucker.  Her position:  Quit arguing and let's make this work. (April 2014)

A sorry attack on the Common Core
Minding the Campus

The Common Core State Standards have their critics, left and right, and some of the objections are worth listening to but what we need is a useful informed debate. (April 2014)

Our View: Business can aid Common Core through active support
Jackson Sun

Business needs the best trained workers they can get so they have lined up for the higher standards afforded by the Common Core. (March 2014)

New York governor questions teacher evaluations based on Common Core
New York Post

Gov. Cuomo for the first time Tuesday questioned whether school districts should evaluate their teachers through tough new standards known as the Common Core. (April 2014)

Get to know Common Core marketing overlords
Michelle Malkin

You looking for opposition to the Common Core?  You can always find that with this conservative columnist's views. (April 2014)

Teacher: 'I was bullied' for opposing testing system
MSNBC

A Missouri teacher says she was intimidated and bullied because she opposes the newly implemented Common Core, a new standardized testing and lesson plan that has been adopted by 45 states.

Common Core debated at state school chief forum
Newnan Times Herald

Have you started studying what the state school superintendent candidates are saying about the Common Core?  It's not all positive! Stay up to speed by checking our "Election 2014" page. (March 2014)

Governor ends Common Core but not its influence
Indianapolis Star

The Indiana governor has signed legislation withdrawing Indiana from the Common Core State Standards.  What's ahead for them? (March 2014)

Only the uniformed would opposed Common Core
Jackson Sun

This editorial in blunt.  If you are truly informed about the Common Core, you will be behind their implementation. (March 2014)

Benchmarking State Implementation of Common Core Standards
Southern Regional Education Board

This report looks at the implementation of the Common Core in 15 states.  Georgia gets high marks. (March 2014)

Why students need the new Common Core education standards
Seattle Times

This Washington State teacher believes in the new Common Core. (March 2014)

Common Core is common sense - Georgia
Pickens County Progress

We believe in the Common Core for Georgia and here is why. (March 2014)

Common Core fight seems settled for now - Georgia
Associated Press

Republican lawmakers appear to have settled a roiling fight over national education standards called Common Core. (March 2014)

Vote to delay Common Core a step backward in Tennessee
TimesNews

That the Tennessee House would vote overwhelmingly to delay a major educational improvement that represents years of work and effort, and which would give Tennessee children a significant step up in the world, all but defies comprehension. (March 2014)

New ed-tech products target Common Core readiness
eSchool News

At the 69th annual ASCD conference in Los Angeles this past week, preparing for the Common Core was a common theme. (March 2014)

Here are Pro-Con articles from the San Diego Union Times:
Pro:  Common Core:  It will yield authentic learning
Con:  Little evidence to back its big changes

(March 2014)

A Common Core for all of us
New York Times

This question is also playing out in the debate over the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in education, now fully adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. (March 2014)

Teacher voice:  How the Common Core State Standards have affected my teaching
Tennessee SCORE

Common Core implementation has had its share of challenges. We can, however, separate ‘the baby from the bathwater’ and recognize the tremendous value these standards have already brought to us and build on that success moving ahead. (March 2014)

New York teacher speaks out:  Moratorium on Common Core Standards frightens me
Hechinger Report

This New York teacher fears that any interruption in the delivery of the Common Core State Standards in her state will hurt progress already made. (March 2014)

Hope for Common Core Implementation
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Fordham Institute’s new report Common Core in the Districts paints a vivid picture of four different school districts’ efforts to implement the Common Core State Standards. (March 2014)

Senate bill didn't kill Common Core as issue - Georgia
Morris News Service

Walter Jones offers this commentary after the House Education Committee defeated Senate Bill 167. (March 2014)

In defense of Common Core
Los Angeles Times

What matters most is whether the new curriculum standards are an improvement. They are. (March 2014)

Common Core 'spring training': Maintain realistic expectations
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Everyone knows that the Common Core State Standards initiative has turned into a political football. But a more apt analogy might be baseball—spring training, to be exact. That’s because, for all the colorful commentary, the Common Core is still in the very earliest phases of implementation. (March 2014)

The House Education Committee March 12 rejected SB 167 in a 13-5 vote.  Here is some of the coverage:

The anti-standards bill: A whole lot of crazy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Common Core not dead in Georgia, after all
Morris News Service

House Education Committee rejects anti-Common Core bill
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State school chief on anti-Common Core bill: "Stop politicizing education."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State House strikes down anti-Common Core bill
Times-Georgian

Do standards matter? A teacher’s perspective on the promise and potential of the Common Core
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

We are always on the lookout for teachers who provide firsthand experience with the Core.  Here's a good story. (March 2014)

The Common Core's Unsung Benefit: It Teaches Kids to Be Good Citizens
The Atlantic

One argument we have heard against the Core is that it has yanked the study of key historical documents.  Read this! (March 2014)

WABE's Martha Dalton has filed this story explaining the amended SB 167 has changed so much, the bill's original authored has pulled his support: Ligon withdraws support from Common Core bill he championed.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's education blogger/columnist Maureen Downey filed this piece Tuesday afternoon:  Anti-Common Core legislation:  The house ought to kill this bad bill.

Here's an interesting commentary from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's conservative columnist Kyle Wingfield:  What's at the core of Georgia's Common Core bill?

Check this editorial from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:  If campaign against academic standards wins, kids lose.  Powerful! Here's another Maureen Downey piece that questions a key opposition argument:  Have critics read Common Core State Standards?

 

Georgia Senate throws students under bus. House gets ready to run them over again
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This Maureen Downey 'Get Schooled' blog entry is a hard-hitting piece questioning the wisdom of passing Senate Bill 167.  (March 2014)

It's all about educating minds and improving Georgia's economy
Savannah Morning News

National PTA President Otha Thornton, a Georgia resident and a Georgia Partnership Council member, provides an eloquent defense of the Common Core in Georgia in this commentary. (March 2014)

Who will take an early lead in literacy?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Having observed, and occasionally weighed in on, the Common Core standards debates, I’m sure of one thing: no one is paying enough attention to the good work educators across the country are doing as they attempt to bring these new standards to life. (March 2014)

Common Core bill could cause data problems for schools.
WABE Radio

The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's Policy and Research Director Dr. Dana Rickman adds to this story on how the critical use of student data could be lost under Senate Bill 167. (March 2014)

Contentious 'Common Core' bill up for vote this week
Gainesville Times

Tensions over what academic standards Georgia adheres to have been simmering in Atlanta and could possibly boil over this week when a bill designed to radically change state education heads for a vote in the state House of Representatives. (March 2014) 

The match between teaching and the test
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Discussions about current education-reform efforts are typically focused on three separate topics: the Common Core standards, the new tests, and the curriculum. The alignment among the three seems to receive little attention. (March 2014)

GAE:  Move forward with Common Core in Georgia
Peach Pundit

This guest editorial, representing thousands of Georgia teachers, professes strong support for the Common Core educational standards. (March 2014)

Rotten to the Core: Stop federal dictates on Georgia education - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tanya Ditty is state director of Concerned Women for America of Georgia. Jane Robbins is a senior fellow with the American Principles in Action. Together, they call for passage of Senate Bill 167,  now under review in the House Education Committee and due for a vote there Wednesday. (March 2014)

Hope and anxiety: What do teachers think about the Common Core standards?
Hechinger Report

Here's another teacher survey.  This story tells us more about what they think about the Common Core. (March 2014) 

Arizona senate kills ban on Common Core
Arizona Republic

A few key Republican senators joined with Democrats on Wednesday to defeat a bill that would have prohibited Arizona from using a set of educational standards known nationally as Common Core. (March 2014)

SAT makes essay optional, returns to 1600 scale and looks more like Common Core
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The College Board introduced an essay section in 2005 because it felt a stronger focus on writing was needed in American high schools. (March 2014)

State school chief: Anti-standards bill "would throw our education system into chaos." - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

House Education Committee statement of state School Chief John Barge on Senate Bill 167, a bill banning national standards and testing based on national testing in Georgia. (March 2014)

Deal predicts changes coming to Common Core legislation - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

That Common Core legislation that has so infuriated educators? Expect some big changes to it before the session is out. (March 2014)

National Urban League endorses Common Core.  Here's why: Part 1.
Huffington Post

There is a quiet -- yet increasingly disruptive -- revolution underway in American education. Since 2010, 45 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense have adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their schools. (March 2014)

What about the business perspective on the Common Core?  Check these recent stories:

The business community believes in the Common Core because the higher standards will produce a more qualified workforce.  Here is a recent article from the Atlanta Business Chronicle:  The Common Core doesn't go far enough!

Here are a couple more from the business perspective.  First, a piece from the Tennessean:  Common Core is good for business, too.

And this one from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Why CEOs support the Common Core

Why the Right Should Love the Common Core
Politico Magazine

It seems a great deal of the opposition to the Common Core is coming from conservative Republican circles.  Here's an opinion from a Republican strategist why they should be in favor:  (February 2014)

Listen to teachers:  The Teacher Voice:  Common Core Standards Help Our Students Achieve More  (SCORE) - (February 2014)

Petition seeks to preserve Common Core in Tennessee
Associated Press

A petition with more than 9,000 signatures supporting Tennessee's Common Core standards was released Tuesday amid efforts by some lawmakers to do away with them. (February 2014)

Get the word out, the Common Core is the right thing to do:  Majority of Americans would support the Common Core if they knew what it was . Check the survey. (Huffington Post - February 2014)

What The Common Core Actually Looks Like In Everyday Classrooms
Huffington Post

Reactions to the Common Core Standards -- a new set of education benchmarks that have been adopted in 45 states -- have been varied, polarized and political. (February 2014)

Common Core is necessary 
The Tennessean

What about the Common Core from the national security perspective.  This piece was written by a retired Army officer. (February 2014)

Common Core Standards can help New Hampshire
The Telegraph

The education of New Hampshire students is critically important to the company I lead, Northeast Delta Dental. This is why I am involved in every way I can be. (February 2014)

Senate committee approves anti-Common Core bill - Georgia
Morris News Service

The Senate Education & Youth Committee voted unanimously Thursday for legislation to force the state to retreat from the multi-state education standards called Common Core. (February 2014)

Teacher support of Common Core at critical juncture
Politico

The rollout of the Common Core academic standards is at a “critical juncture,” as teachers are increasingly skeptical of the initiative — and could turn against it in large numbers, scuttling its chances of success, the president of the nation’s largest teachers union said Thursday. (February 2014) 

Nothing to fear in the Common Core  
(Charleston Gazette)

This West Virginia teacher is a true believer in the Common Core.  He sees it work every day in his classroom. (February 2014)

Opinion: Smarter Balanced assessments: a big moment for our schools
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

I began my career as an inner-city elementary teacher because I was dedicated to helping students succeed. Listening to them and helping them improve to meet their goals was at the heart of my work. (February 2014)

Common Core standards essential to reform efforts
Chattanooga Times-Free Press

As both a businessperson and the Chair of the Chattanooga Chamber Board, I applauded the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress, which revealed that Tennessee students are improving their academic performance more rapidly than students in any other state. (February 2014)

Nation’s biggest teachers union slams ‘botched’ Common Core implementation
Politico

The nation’s largest teachers union is pulling back on its once-enthusiastic support of the Common Core academic standards, labeling their rollout “completely botched.” (February 2014)
Common Core is a settled matter in Colorado
Denver Post

The recent furor about Colorado's adoption of the Common Core academic standards has a puzzling sense of deja vu about it. (February 2014)

Tales from the classroom:  How I'm using Common Core to build critical thinking
Bluff City Education

Back in September, I decided to teach my kids how to use the tools of geometry: compasses and protractors. I figured I could give the tutorial in a day and then move on, but the entire experience quickly turned into a mini-nightmare. (February 2014)

Equivalent Expressions and the Common Core Standards
Peach Pundit

When I was in school, I learned about the transitive property of equality. That’s the math principle that says if A = B and B = C, then A = C. For example, if 3*4=12 and 2*6=12, then 3*4=2*6. Of course, this principle can be misused. (February 2014)

Tennessee governor sticks to Common Core
Tennesseean

His state is surrounded by Republican governors who have grown hesitant of Common Core — either outright condemning the new education standards or at least wavering in support. (February 2014)

A fight is brewing over tests in the Common Core age
Washington Post

Testing season begins soon in U.S. public schools, requiring millions of students to spend days answering standardized questions in math and reading, as mandated by an outdated federal law. (February 2014)

Spate of GOP Bills Take Aim at Common Core
Education Week

Add yet another anti-common-core bill from Congress to your tally. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., a moderate who is facing a tough primary challenge, has introduced a resolution that makes it clear education is a state issue. (February 2014) 

Common Core isn't a government conspiracy
Bloomberg News

Although 45 states quickly adopted the higher standards created by governors and state education officials, the effort has begun to lose momentum. (February 2014)

Commend Common Core
USA Today

Right now, 45 states are implementing new academic standards, known as the Common Core, which will improve education for millions of students. Unfortunately, conversation about the standards is shrouded in myths. (February 2014)

Common Core misinformation abounds
Peach Pundit

The current hot policy topic in Education is that of Common Core Standards.  The problem with this policy discussion isn’t so much the lack of engagement, but that the opposition has been manufactured on false grounds. (February 2014)

Local school officials support Common Core - Georgia
Macon Telegraph

As heated debates continue on the issue of Common Core, a statewide coalition has formed in support of the education standards, claiming they are effective and need to continue. And local administrators agree. (February 2014)

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Joins Christian and Conservative Leaders in Support of the Common Core State Standards
Religion News Service

Lost in the argument is how Hispanic organizations view the Common Core.  Here is one who has come out in support. (February 2014)

Mistake or misunderstood - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Editorial

In 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue gathered other governors, cameras and crowds at a local high school to unveil new national standards developed through an effort he led. (February 2014)

Response to today's conversation - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Commenters on the AJC Get Schooled blog had a range of reactions to proposed legislation to dump the Common Core State Standards in Georgia. Here is a sampling of the comments under each poster’s chosen screen name. (February 2014)

He-who-must-not-be-named: Is Common Core the Lord Voldemort of education? - Georgia
Maureen Downey - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue gathered other governors, cameras and crowds at a local high school to unveil new national standards developed through an effort he led. (February 2014)

Little agreement on improving education in Georgia
Walter Jones - Morris News Service

For a state with a reputation for not valuing public education, there sure is a loud argument going on over school standards in Georgia. (February 2014)

Several stories were filed after the February 5 press conference at the State Capitol announcing the Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition.  Here are some of them:

Business, education groups pledge to counter Common Core opposition
Morris News Service

New coalition to support Common Core
WSB Radio

Groups form coalition to support Common Core standards
WABE Radio

New coalition supports Common Core
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Biz backs Common Core...
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Business, education leaders tout Common Core academic standards
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (subscriber protected)

Business, education leaders support the Common Core
Georgia Report (subscriber protected)

More Common Core stories from around Georgia and the nation:

Opinion:  Common Core math expectations only a baseline
Education News

We’re going to discuss Common Core today, so take a chill pill.  I’m not saying CC presents nothing to be upset about, but getting upset just clouds clear thinking. (February 2014)

Hidden Common Core skills students need to learn... and how to learn them
eSchool News

As schools across the country begin to implement Common Core, assessments are asking students to use digital skills that many still need to learn. (February 2014)

Of Constitutional Conventions And the Common Core - Georgia
Georgia Public Broadcasting

Just when you might have thought SnowJam 2014 was the only thing anyone in Georgia cared about, along comes a day at the state Capitol that shows the depth and breadth of the issues facing Georgians. (February 2014)

Common Core battle heats up - Georgia
Brunswick News

An effort by a coastal legislator to get Georgia to abandon the national Common Core Curriculum is drawing resistance from the business community. (February 2014)

High cost of Common Core has states rethinking national education standards
Fox News

States are learning the cost of Common Core is uncommonly high.  The federally-backed standards initiative, first proposed by the nation's governors and an educators' association, seeks to impose a national standard for achievement among K-12 students. (February 2014) 

Common Core-aligned math lessons divide students over politics, critics say
Fox News

Critics say a new Common Core-aligned math curriculum is divisive because it adds too much in the way of politics to what ought to be a lesson in numbers. (February 2014)

Some states rebrand controversial Common Core standards
Washington Post

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) used an executive order to strip the name “Common Core” from the state’s new math and reading standards for public schools. In the Hawkeye State, the same standards are now called “The Iowa Core.” (February 2014) 

Optimism justified for the Common Core - Georgia
Jessup Sentinel

State officials are currently studying the Common Core Performance Standards. Unless that study reveals problems beyond the half-truths and fear-mongering that has characterized most of the Common Core criticism thus far, though, Georgia should stay the course on this initiative. (January 2014)

Frist-led group continues Common Core push in new report
Tennesseean

Topping the priorities of a Bill Frist-led education advocacy group in its latest report is the item it has trumpeted for months in Tennessee: stay the course on Common Core. (January 2014) 

State school chiefs to Arne Duncan: We won't share student data
Education Week

Schools chiefs from 34 states have banded together to make a public declaration that they will not share personally identifiable student data with the federal government. (January 2014)

Is Common Core in trouble?
MSNBC

The rollout of the new Common Core academic standards has hit a major roadblock, as one of the most powerful state teachers unions in the country rebuked its “failed implementation.” (January 2014) 

States reconsider Common Core tests
Stateline.org

Beginning in March, more than four million students will serve as guinea pigs for the English and math tests for the Common Core, a set of standards adopted by almost every state that map out what students should know and be able to do in each grade. (January 2014)

Seven instructional strategies for the Common Core
eSchool News

As significant numbers of educators, parents, and politicians push back on the Common Core Standards now that implementation has begun, many teachers are left to navigate the shift with little or no direction about how to change their teaching practice to accommodate the new standards. (January 2014)

School principals beg for help with Common Core
eSchool News

A new national survey shows principals feel unprepared for successful implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (January 2014)

Barge says teachers support Common Core - Georgia
Newnan Times-Herald

Teachers and school superintendents are satisfied with keeping the national Common Core Standards, according Georgia State Representative Brooks Coleman and State School Superintendent John Barge. (January 2014)

Speakers oppose Common Core education standards - Georgia
Gainesville Times

Nearly 100 residents attended a meeting Monday in Gainesville with speakers against education standards that have been adopted by multiple states in the country, including Georgia. (January 2014)

For right, Common Core fight prelude to bigger agenda
Politico 

National advocacy groups powered by the money of the Koch brothers and other mega-donors have found a new cause ripe with political promise: the fight to bring down the Common Core education standards. (January 2014)

Three Years Later is Common Core Working in Kentucky?
Cincinnati Inquirer

On a recent Friday afternoon at Dixie Heights High School, English language arts teacher Kris Gillis meandered around his students’ desks, reading portions of a Shakespearean sonnet. Then he posed this question: “When during life would this be occurring?” (January 2014)

The following stories illustrate the pro/con positions on the Common Core argument:

Common Core hits the ground, highlights critical thinkinghttp://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2013/1202/Common-core-hits-the-ground-highlights-critical-thinking - Christian Science Monitor

Should American high schools prepare any students for STEM? Common Core doesn’t think so. - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Would Shakespeare have unsheathed his sword to fight against Common Core?
Fox News

As co-director of Georgetown University’s Center for Research on Children in the U.S. and the parent of a middle-school student, I was indignant when I first heard that the Common Core State Standards for public schools wanted to increase the amount of nonfiction versus fiction starting in the third grade. (December 2013)

Common Core: We once wanted to beat the Soviets. Now, we are following their lead in education.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As the arguments over the Common Core State Standards continue to rage in Georgia, it is worth taking a step back and noting its origins. (December 2013)

How Common Core helps teachers
New York Post

By lumping these new standards in with other hot-button issues, we dilute the conversation our schools need to have about the best ways to help students reach this higher bar. (December 2013)

Could these new standards work better than Common Core?
eSchool News

Imagine this ‘unicorn’ scenario in education: You take an entire subject–one whose mastery could push the country to the forefront of innovation–and spend years doing nothing but perfecting its standards and assessments with absolutely no looming deadlines or high-stakes requirements. (December 2013)

Common Core busts usual political lines
Christian Science Monitor

To say that new academic standards have yielded strange bedfellows would be an understatement. (December 2013)

Common Core critics cry education folly
Christian Science Monitor

Common Core: Critics of the Common Core warn that the new educational standards have never been tested in real classrooms, place undue stress on students and teachers, and are far too expensive. (December 2013) 

Common Core education supporters want Obama administration to shut up
Washington Times

The Obama administration’s cheerleading for the Common Core State Standards Initiative is designed to calm critics and rally supporters for the ambitious overhaul of the nation’s elementary and secondary school curriculums. (December 2013)

Why Florida Should Embrace Common Core: A Conservative Perspective
Flagler Live

I believe in Common Core State Standards, believed in them decades before they existed, and desperately want them for my grandchildren, their children and the future of this great nation. (November 2013)

Duncan: Wording was clumsy, message simple
MSNBC

Education Secretary Arne Duncan offended part of the country last week when he said “white suburban moms” were offended by the new Common Core academic standards. Sec. Duncan joins Morning Joe to clarify his statements and to discuss the future of education. (November 2013)

'White moms' remark fuels Common Core clash
Politico

Education Secretary Arne Duncan realized fairly quickly that he had stumbled.  He had just told a gathering of state superintendents of education that “white suburban moms” were rebelling against the Common Core academic standards — new guidelines for math and language arts instruction — because their kids had done poorly on the tough new tests. (November 2013)

Why so many parents hate Common Core
CNN

The U.S. Department of Education is legally prohibited from having any control over curriculum or instruction in the nation's public schools, but nonetheless Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a zealous advocate of the new Common Core standards for students' proficiency in English and math. (November 2013)

A white suburban mom fires back at Arne Duncan. 'Common Core is a one size fits all approach."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog)

I read this letter from New York mother and education activist Ali Gordon on Diane Ravitch’s blog earlier this week, but it is fast spreading across the Internet. (November 2013)

Actually, 'white suburban moms' say Common Core too lax - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Kyle Wingfield)

Much of the criticism of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's recent remarks -- that "white suburban moms" dislike Common Core because the new standards are revealing their kids as academic laggards -- has focused on the "white suburban moms" part. (November 2013)

Don't Send Your Kid to School Day. Did Anyone See Any Sign of This? - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog) 

Yesterday - the first day of American Education Week - was supposed to be a national protest against the Common Core State Standards. (November 2013)

Some states move to save cursive in the classroom
Associated Press

The swirling lines from Linden Bateman’s pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms. (November 2013)

A rural Georgia GOP leader on Common Core. Republicans should love it.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

This is a guest column that ran in a recent Maureen Downey 'Get Schooled' blog.  It is written by Morgan County school board member Dave Belton. (November 2013)

Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors
Education Week

A recent book described the "Reign of Errors" we have lived through in the name of education reform. I am afraid that the Common Core continues many of these errors, and makes some new ones as well. (November 2013)

States Seek to Calm Districts' Common-Core Jitters
Education Week

State education leaders are moving to calm political tempests over the Common Core State Standards by adopting or reaffirming policies aimed at asserting local control over data, curriculum, and materials. (November 2013)

Common Core in the real world
American Enterprise Institute

Amid the resulting hubbub, it’s been all too easy for the practical questions of the Common Core to fall by the wayside. This is a shame, as the standards are slated to become the backbone for student, teacher, and school accountability systems and will play an increasingly prominent role in the American educational ecosystem. (November 2013)

The New Kid in School: The Common Core State Standards
usmclife.com
Support for Common Core Strong in U.S. Military
The Daily Caller

When it comes to the Common Core debate, there's another voice that is often overlooked - our military.  Our servicemen and women travel the globe for their country and so do their families.  How does this impact them?  These articles help answer that question. (October 2013)

Now not to argue with parents about Common Core
Michelle Malkin

As an outspoken critic of the federal academic standards scheme known as Common Core, I’d like to offer some friendly advice to opponents. Stop insulting. Stop digging. Stop projecting. Start listening. (October 2013)
A Look at Common Core in the Classroom - Georgia
WABE-Radio

As legislators debate the standards, Georgia English/Language Arts and math teachers still have to teach them. WABE visited one DeKalb County high school to see how they’re doing that and whether the controversy has had any effect.  (October 2013)
Primary Sources - America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

When you talk Common Core you get a wide range of discussion depending on perspectives. But do we hear enough from our teachers who must fulfill the requirements in the classroom and who see the results? Here's a recent study that asks them what they think. Related story. (October 2013)

Commentary - Good questions in Common Core debate overshadowed by crazy train
Tampa Tribune

To the parents questioning the impact that Common Core State Standards will have in our public schools, I say: Demand answers! To the parents who worry about cookie-cutter education and an over-reliance on standardized testing, I say: Demand details! (October 2013)

Officials give support at town hall - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

Georgia School Superintendent John Barge believes lawmakers who have favored the repeal of the controversial Common Core State Standards will not seek to do that in the coming legislative session. (October 2013)
Opinion:  Barge barges in - Georgia
Macon Telegraph

Georgia’s school superintendent and gubernatorial candidate John Barge visited Macon last week to explain and defend the Common Core curriculum in a forum ably led by local state representatives. (October 2013) 

Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core
Hechinger Report

It’s not just K-12 teachers who are being asked to adjust their teaching styles and curricula to ensure students learn the Common Core standards. The people who teach the teachers are also under the gun. (September 2013)

Every Child Can Learn from Kentucky
Time Magazine (Subcription needed to read entire article)

American education has always been run at the state and local level. Even as Washington has pushed states to try out this or that policy in exchange for federal funding, states have always chosen their own tests and learning goals. (October 2013)

Common Core touches off debate in Sandy Springs - Georgia
Reporter Newspapers

Here’s a multiple-choice test for parents. The state’s new Common Core education initiative is: a) a reasonable way to make sure Georgia students measure up against others across the country; or b) a national takeover of what’s taught in Georgia’s schools that erodes local control. (October 2013)

Teacher:  Common Core sets higher standards
Tennessean

Drive through Sumner County on a Friday night over the next month and you’ll see as many floodlights as stars. (October 2013)

As Common Core Rolls Out, Parents’ Knowledge Continues to Lag
Education News

Even though forty-five states have announced plans to adopt Common Core Standards in their schools, overwhelming parental reactions to the change continues to be “Common what?”  (October 2013)

Why the GOP rift over Common Core is deeper than it looks
Political Insider - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When the fracas over Common Core standards first came up, my inclination was to write it off as one more example of tea party-driven suspicion of the federal government. (September 2013)

Six reasons why conservatives should back Common Core
Detroit Free Press

Lately, Michigan has been lauded for its ed reform efforts, from its groundbreaking Education Achievement Authority to the institution of a new teacher-evaluation system.  Yet one of the cornerstones of these reform efforts — the Common Core state standards — is under attack from the right. (September 2013)

Common Core Alliance Fraying As New States Poised to Pull Back - Georgia
Athens Banner-Herald

The fraying Common Core coalition might be headed for trouble if Florida pulls out, a Washington policy analyst said at a University of Georgia conference on Thursday. (September 2013)

Jeb Bush's latest snit fit about the Common Core
Michelle Malkin

This is priceless. Former Fla. GOP Gov. Jeb Bush, consummate politician and 2016 presidential aspirant, has now bitterly accused opponents of his federal education schemes of possessing “purely political” motives. (September 2013)

Your Daily Jolt: John Barge wants to avoid 'rushed, hasty and un-vetted' decision that led to Common Core - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Nathan Deal distanced himself from controversial Common Core educational guidelines last month when he asked the state school board to review the program. Now Superintendent John Barge, his main GOP rival, is expressing fresh doubts about the program. (September 2013)
Business Execs: Fight for Common Core Before It's Too Late
Education Week

Representatives of major corporations today urged their peers in the business community to take up the fight to defend the Common Core State Standards—and warned them to steel themselves for opposition from some quarters, and apathy from others. (September 2013)

State Superintendent Barge Still a Common Core Supporter - Georgia
WABE-Radio

Georgia state superintendent John Barge says he has not changed his stance on the effectiveness of the state’s adopted Common Core standards. (September 2013)

Expanding Our Expectations - How College and Career Readiness Standards Are Changing K-12 Learning Environments
Model Secondary School Project and Partnership for Learning

This report addresses Washington State's educational challenges and how the successful implementation of Common Core State Standards is a key part of a larger education toolbox to better prepare students for college, work and life. Introduction. (September 2013)

What to Make of the Debate Over Common Core
Smithsonian

The initiative is breathtaking in scope. Not only have 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on, but the standards also are more challenging for K-12 students, requiring them to analyze and apply what they’ve learned, not merely commit it to memory. (September 2013)
Parents who home-school question Common Core's reach
Fox News

Jill Finnerty Ricardo, of Dade City, Fla., who home-schools her three oldest children, has concerns about what is known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – a national assessment standard. (September 2013)

The Common Core State Standards and New Assessments
Center for American Progress

The Common Core State Standards provide a clear picture of what students across the country need to know and be able to do for a successful future. (September 2013)

Four Questions About Common-Core Implementation
Education Week

 Here are four big implementation questions that haven't yet gotten much attention in state and local papers, and that would benefit from a serious look. (September 2013) 

Common Core is good for the military
Murfreesboro Post

I take great pride in seeing young men and women from Tennessee embark on a rewarding career in the military, serving our state and our country... military service is a job that demands both physical strength and mental agility. (September 2013)

Common Core and more -- why don't parents get to have a say in their kids' education?
Fox News

The unforgettable moment of parental bonding in the delivery room deceives many parents. After all, in today’s society, mothers and fathers are encouraged to be there for their children from first breath. (September 2013)

Classroom chaos? Critics blast new Common Core education standards
Fox News

A full year before students around the nation submit to the new Common Core standardized tests, the federally-backed program is already causing chaos and confusion at local school board meetings, in the classroom and at the dinner table. (September 2013)

With Common Core, Fewer Topics Covered More Rigorously
New York Times

If the new mathematics standards adopted by New York and 44 other states work as intended, then children, especially in the lower elementary grades, will learn less math this year. (September 2013)</nyt_headline><//nyt_headline>

Opinion: What will we do about Common Core? - Georgia
Athens Banner-Herald - Myra Blackmon

Let’s talk about the Common Core State Standards for our schools. Lots of people are talking about them these days and sadly, it has become a political football. Opinions are varied and there are some unusual coalitions forming around the issue. (September 2013)

Stay with Common Core: "We have it right. Please don't mess it up - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey

I asked mathematicians to respond to a recent critique on the blog of Common Core State Standards in math. Here is a response to the critique and to the state's decision to pull out of the consortium creating new tests aligned to the Common Core. (August 2013)

Common Core in Georgia?
Statesboro Herald

When Gov. Nathan Deal recently asked the State Board of Education to review the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards, it signaled the most public manifestation yet of the opposition the standards face in Georgia. (August 2013)
States Prepare for Common Core Assessment - Year Three in Implementing the Common Core State Standards
Center on Education Policy

Most states have already begun the process of changing their year-end tests to reflect the common core, but nearly all report that they face challenges ahead in making the transition to computer-based tests. Related story. (August 2013)

Budget Cuts Hurt Common Core Implementation
Stateline

Cuts to state education budgets are hurting the ability of some states to implement the Common Core State Standards, according to a new survey. (August 2013)

Common Core as a brand name. Who is making money off the new standards? - Georgia
Maureen Downey - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A lot of you have asked, “Who benefits financially from the new Common Core State Standards?”  The AJC examines that question in the Sunday AJC, and finds that it is not easy to separate out school system spending on Common Core. (August 2013)

Gov. Deal Orders Review of Common Core Education Standards - Georgia
WABE-Radio

Gov. Nathan Deal has asked the state board of education to conduct a “formal evaluation” of new education standards called the Common Core. (August 2013)

Superintendent Tries to Reassure Teachers - Georgia
AccessNorthGeorgia.com

Gainesville Schools Superintendent Merriane Dyer said she's worried about teachers and students as the battle grows over Common Core standards. (August 2013)

Will Common Core Force Charters to Go Back to Their Roots?
Huffington Post

When New York City replaced its old-fashioned bubble-in high stakes tests with Common Core assessments, the predictable result was a 50% drop in test scores. (August 2013)

The Common Core and the Common Good
New York Times

Our educational system is not keeping up with that of many other industrialized countries, even as the job market becomes more global and international competition for jobs becomes steeper. (August 2013)

Math professor: Common Core “will set our children back one to two years.” Governor in retreat. - Georgia
Maureen Downey - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered a sweeping review of the Common Core national guidelines and asked the State Board of Education to “formally un-adopt” a part of the program that includes sample English test selections that infuriated some parents. (August 2013)

Deal orders review of Common Core - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gov. Nathan Deal has ordered a sweeping review of the Common Core national guidelines and asked the State Board of Education to “formally un-adopt” a part of the program that includes sample English test selections that infuriated some parents. (August 2013)

Report: Public Fuzzy on Common Core State Standards Definition
eSchool News

At a time when most U.S. public schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards, a new report finds that Americans don’t know what the Common Core State Standards are.  Here's the report. (August 2013)

The 2013 Education Next Survey - What Americans are Thinking About the Common Core and Other Education Policies
Educationnext

Although opposition to Common Core education standards is growing, an overwhelming majority of Americans remain supportive of these standards. (August 2013)

ACT's Low College Readiness Rate Foreshadows Common Core Shock
Huffington Post

Only one-quarter of high school seniors who took the ACT college admissions test this year scored high enough to be considered ready for college or the workforce. (August 2013)

Engaging Common Core: Reading for Key Ideas and Details
Education Week

For anyone working on public engagement around the Common Core State Standards, I have a recommendation: share the text. In particular, share the college and career readiness anchor standards, defining what students ought to know and be able to do by the end of high school. (August 2013)

Best and brightest - only a few countries are teaching their children to think
Economist

BAMA Companies has been making pies and biscuits in Oklahoma since the 1920s. But the company is struggling to find Okies with the skills to fill even its most basic factory jobs. (August 2013)

War on the Core
New York Times

A case in point is the burgeoning movement to kill what is arguably the most serious educational reform of our lifetime. I’m talking about the Common Core, a project by a consortium of states to raise public school standards nationwide. (August 2013)

Left, right oppose education guides
New York Times

The Common Core, a set of standards for kindergarten through high school that has been ardently supported by the Obama administration and many business leaders and state legislatures, is facing growing opposition from both the right and left. (August 2013)
In Defining What Public School Students Should Know, Teachers Wonder 'How?' - Part I
PBS News Hour

In the past, public school standards varied state to state. With backing from the federal government, some governors and superintendents collaborated on a national "Common Core." But they define only the "what" -- what kids should know, not how they should be taught.  (August 2013)

Can a Computerized Test Measure Complex 'Common Core' Skills? - Part II
PBS News Hour

The new "Common Core" sets the standard for learning in America, but how do states test for these new, more complex and career-ready skills? This examines the challenge facing schools and teachers in measuring things like critical thinking and collaboration. (August 2013)

Creating your own eTextbooks for Common Core
eSchool News

In an effort to save schools and districts money that’s often spent on outdated textbooks, many of which are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards, innovative educators and administrators are using online resources to create customized eTextbooks. (August 2013)

College Board Enters Expanding Common-Test Market
Education Week

The College Board is redesigning four of its testing programs so they reflect the Common Core State Standards and can be used for accountability, a project that adds yet another player to the list of companies seeking to take on new roles in a shifting nationwide assessment landscape. (August 2013)

Atlanta superintendent commits to Common Core - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Superintendent Erroll Davis on Tuesday said “there will be no retreat” from uniform standards that aim to improve academic achievement. (August 2013)

Just how effective are the Common Core State Standards?
eSchool News

A new infographic questions some of the basic tenets of the Common Core State Standards.  (August 2013)

Common Core may create common problem for Georgia and other states: Lower test scores
Maureen Downey - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Several readers alerted me to education historian Diane Ravitch’s op-ed in the New York Daily News about the drop in student test scores in New York as a result of introducing new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Pro: Is Common Core likely to succeed?  National K-12 guidelines will bring benefits to both education and economy
McClatchy Newspapers

America’s public K-12 education system isn’t making the grade.  It’s not adequately preparing our students to succeed in college or the modern workforce. (August 2013)

Study fuels fire over school standards. Report shows Common Core doesn't measure up to previous performance gauge - Georgia
Gainesville Times

A return to school means a return to Common Core standards in math and English language arts, but a recent report shows that the standards may not be in the best interest of the state’s educational system. (August 2013)

Opinion:  Implementation of Common Core is a recipe for disaster
New York News Day

Even if you believe that the Common Core standards are high-quality, internationally benchmarked and would provide a solid foundation for the American education system, you should be worried about how they are being implemented. Athens Banner-Herald letter in response. (August 2013)

Failing upward. Last week's abysmal test scores prove educrats succeed at one thing: cheating our kids
New York Post

The education/political establishment went into overdrive, with defensive statements from Education Secretary Arne Duncan, state Commissioner John King and Chancellor Dennis Walcott, among others. (August 2013)
Common Core Curriculum Brings Big Shifts To Math Instruction
NPR

With the implementation of the new Common Core standards, parents across the country will notice a few changes in their kids' math homework. (August 2013)

Year 3 of Implementing Common Core State Standards - An Overview of States' Progress and Challenges
Center on Education Policy

This report, based on spring 2013 survey of state education agency officials in Common Core-adopting states, broadly examines states’ efforts to implement the Common Core. Related story. Related story. (August 2013)

Thoughts on the Common Core and the Drop in Proficiency Scores
Stand for Children

Today, we heard from the New York State Education Department that, due to the new Common Core –aligned tests, student scores have dropped.  To us, this makes a lot of sense.  Why? (August 2013)

States Train Teachers on Common Core
Stateline/Pew Charitable Trusts

Hardly a week goes by without controversy about Common Core, the academic standards for English and math that nearly all states have adopted. The standards for each grade level are intended to prepare every high school graduate for college or a career. (August 2013)

Report: States Make Headway in Aligning Curriculum to Common Core
Education Week

A majority of states say they have already begun to teach a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards in at least some districts or grade levels, new survey results show. (August 2013)

The One Billion Dollar Question:  How Can Districts and Schools Equitably Implement the Common Core?
Education Trust - West

The brief is designed to be an easy-to-use primer for district, charter, county, and community leaders to assess local Common Core implementation efforts based on best practices nationally and in California. Introduction. (August 2013)

Teacher: We Care About the Kids We Teach - Georgia
Fayetteville Citizen

First, I feel there is a lot of misinformation regarding the Common Core Curriculum (CC). We are a much more transient society today. It would be helpful for a student to be able to move and not be behind or ahead in a new school. (August 2013)

Last week (July 24) the Fayetteville Citizen ran a commentary questioning the security of student data information systems under Common Core.  The Georgia Partnership identified some inaccuracies and requested to respond.  The newspaper ran that response this week.  Following are the two commentaries.  The Partnership response is first:

Column on Common Core Contained Multiple Errors
Fayetteville Citizen

I would like to respond to the opinion piece, “Worried about privacy? Check Common Core data collection.” (This appeared July 31)

Worried about privacy? Check Common Core data collection
Fayetteville Citizen

There’s an intense debate right now over “Common Core,” a major effort to implement a set of federal education standards in public schools nationwide.
(This appeared July 24)
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Common Core and Evaluations: Are Teachers 'Going Crazy'?
Education Week

On the off chance people were looking for a lively discussion about the connections between the Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluations on a mid-summer Sunday afternoon, they would have found it at the National Association of State Boards of Education's annual conference in Arlington, Va., on July 28. (July 2013)

Georgia school chief explains Common Core test retreat: We couldn't afford it. We will have similar test
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled" blog

I asked Georgia state school Superintendent John Barge to explain the decision this week to withdraw from the 22-state consortium creating the new test for the Common Core State Standards. (July 2013)

Survey: States Sticking with Common Core
Associated Press

Education officials in most of the states that have adopted Common Core standards say they will go forward with the benchmarks for reading, writing and math despite objections, according to a survey. (July 2013)

Georgia Withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium
GA Department of Education

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge and Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia is withdrawing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test development consortium. (July 2013)

Relating
Georgia decides against offering 'Common Core' standardized test
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia leaders announced today that the state will not offer a new and expensive standardized test tied to the controversial set of national standards called Common Core. (July 2013)

Relating
Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog:  Georgia will develop its own tests for Common Core. So, how will we know where we stand nationally?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As hinted by Georgia School Superintendent John Barge earlier this month, Georgia will drop out of a consortium developing new tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards. (July 2013)

Relating
Georgia sticking with nationwide Common Core curriculum but will write own exams, governor says

Morris News Service

Georgia won’t be part of a multi-state testing plan that was part of the controversial Common Core curriculum agreement, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday. (July 2013)

Relating
State withdraws from test development consortium
Gwinnett Daily Post

Citing ongoing concerns, the Georgia Department of Education on Monday withdrew from a group of states that had joined together to develop the next generation of standardized test. (July 2013)

Relating
Georgia Parts Ways With Common Core Test
Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb County Republicans are praising a decision by Gov. Nathan Deal and State School Superintendent John Barge that removes Georgia from the testing component of the controversial Common Core State Standards. (July 2013) 

Relating
Ga. withdraws from standardized testing consortium
Associated Press 

Georgia has withdrawn from a consortium tasked with creating standardized tests aligned with Common Core curriculum, state officials announced Monday. (July 2013)

Relating
PARCC Test Cost: Higher for Nearly Half the States

Education Week

PARCC summative tests in mathematics and English/language arts will cost member states $29.50 per student, more than what half its member states currently pay for their tests, according to figures released today. (July 2013)

Rethinking Schools: The Trouble with Common Core
Diane Ravitch Blog

Secretary Arne Duncan would have the world believe that the Common Core standards are opposed only by extremists and people who believe in flying saucers.  But it is not true. (July 2013)

Common Core standards can work for the U.S.
Tampa Tribune

Commentary - Reflective of 50 states, America's education system has been supporting 50 standards for learning, resulting in wide disparities in student proficiency across the country. (July 2013)

Common Core State Standards: Do You Need To Be Proficient In Order To Be Proficient?
Education Next

In response to the article on the disparity in state proficiency standards that Peter Kaplan and I published earlier this week, one reader, Scott McLeod, referred (in a comment) to an article arguing that that “proficiency” as defined by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) does not really mean proficiency. (July 2013)

Curricula Standards Will – and Must Always – Change (Or What Really Matters About Common Core)
Dropout Nation

These days, the battle over the implementation of Common Core reading and math standards spills over into nearly every discussion about the transformation of American public education. (July 2013)

‘Common Core’ under fire elsewhere, but being accepted in Upson County - Georgia
Thomaston Times

A new set of learning standards has come under fire from state politicians who claim it was rushed through without giving people a chance to more closely examine it. But the standards were developed at the state level and designed to even the playing field when it comes to setting standards for states to meet. (July 2013)

Common Core Test Costs and Georgia Politics on Collision Course? - Georgia
Education Week

Georgia is one of several states where there has been significant political activity against the Common Core State Standards. Actions of note include the state GOP's decision to officially oppose the Common Core. (July 2013)

Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core
Education Week

In small but significant ways, conversation about the common core is being reframed.   For the three years I've covered common standards and assessments, people have been talking about how to get slow-moving education systems up to speed quickly enough to do well on the tests in 2015. (July 2013) 

Test tied to Common Core might be too expensive for Georgia - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Although Georgia has embraced the controversial set of education standards called Common Core, students here might never take the national test tied to those standards. (July 2013)

Commonsense Common Core’s political risk - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jay Bookman - Opinion

John Barge, Georgia’s state school superintendent and a trained educator, clearly knows the value of the Common Core education standards to Georgia’s future. (July 2013)

Why One Principal Thinks The Common Core Is Part Of An Equitable Education
StateImpact

Florida schools have just one more academic year to phase in a new set of education standards under the Common Core—and Principal Angela Maxey is ready. (July 2013)

Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson From Old Standards
National Public Radio

Common Core — the new set of national education standards in math and English language arts — will take effect in most states next year. This move toward a single set of standards has been embraced by a bipartisan crowd. (July 2013)

Common Core State Standards:  A lesson in shrewd marketing - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog

This is a long and provocative piece on Common Core State Standards.  UGA education professor Peter Smagorinsky argues it is a manufactured solution to a manufactured crisis. (July 2013)

Education Reform Movement Learns Lesson From Old Standards
National Public Radio

The move toward a single set of standards has been embraced by a bipartisan crowd of politicians and educators largely because of what the Common Core standards are replacing: a mess. (July 2013)

Common Core faces opposition - Georgia
Gainesville Times

With schools continuing the transition to Common Core, areas across the country have seen residents and some political leaders come out against the educational standards.  Representatives from local school systems said that they have not heard the same reaction. (July 2013)

Common Core a Theme of NEA's 2013 Gathering
Education Week

We haven't begun the 2013 NEA Representative Assembly quite yet, but already there are clues that the Common Core State Standards are likely to be one of the big topics of discussion. (July 2013)

Cobb Does Not Need Any Stinking Common Core - Georgia
West Cobb Patch

Cobb does not need the federal government using Common Core telling us what to do when it comes to education. Cobb should be the decider when it comes to education standards like how many letters should be in the alphabet. (July 2013)

Get beyond buzz words and Common Core is "exercise in delusion." - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Maureen Downey's 'Get Schooled' blog

Cindy Lutenbacher is a teacher and DeKalb County public school parent. She is also an ardent critic of Common Core State Standards.  In this essay, she explains why. (July 2013)

A key priority for ed-tech leaders: Meeting Common Core needs
eSchool News

School superintendents and curriculum directors aren’t the only K-12 administrators worried about the changes being ushered in with the Common Core standards. (July 2013)

Common-Core 'Development': When Did It Begin?
Education Week

Remember the other day when Arne Duncan recounted common-standards development for a gathering of news editors?  Here at EdWeek, a couple of us questioned his timeline. He said that when the Obama administration came aboard (January 2009), the common standards were already "in development." (July 2013)

Repairing the Conservative School Reform Coalition
The Weekly Standard

For nearly 30 years education-minded conservatives at both national and state levels have embraced a two-part school reform strategy, focused equally on rigorous standards and parental choice. (June 2013)

‘Taxpaying citizen’ Barr joins chorus against Common Core - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

During the public comment portion of the Cobb Board of Education meeting Thursday, former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna blasted the controversial Common Core standards as a packed room of supporters cheered. (June 2013)
A 'Common' Debate: Common Core Curriculum Standards are Promising but Dangerous
Mackinac Center

The debate over the Common Core curriculum standards is dividing traditional allies and uniting regular adversaries. Opposition and support come from both sides of the political spectrum. (June 2013)
A Georgia Teacher of the Year: Common Core requires change but change is needed - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pam Williams was the 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year. This is her first column for the AJC Get Schooled blog. And she's taking on a controversial topic -- Common Core State Standards. (June 2013)

Ed Secretary defends Common Core: Feds didn't write, approve or mandate them.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan took on the critics of Common Core Tuesday in a speech to the American Society of News Editors (Speech follows). (June 2013)

Duncan Pushes Back on Attacks on Common Core Standards (Speech Text)
U.S. Dept. of Education

Academic standards used to be just a subject for after-school department meetings and late-night state board sessions. But now, they're a topic for dueling newspaper editorials. Why? (June 2013)

Nathan Deal addresses Common Core rift in GOP - Georgia
Political Insider - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

You already know that Gov. Nathan Deal is in a tricky spot when it comes to Common Core.  He’s embraced the voluntary reading, math and writing standards despite growing opposition from his conservative base. (June 2013)

The Good News About Common Core
Christianity Today

The man behind the Common Core State Standards, a set of robust learning measurements that have the potential to change the state of American education, recently reached out to Christians to discuss the role of literacy in our society. (June 2013)

Ga. GOP leaders vote to withdraw from Common Core - Georgia
Associated Press 

Leaders of Georgia's Republican Party voted Saturday to press state officials to withdraw from a national program that creates a basic set of educational standards. (June 2013)

School board mulls options after voting down Common Core - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb School Board Chair Randy Scamihorn said he’s still digesting options for alternative math resources proposed by school district staff in the wake of the board’s rejection of $7.5 million worth of textbooks affiliated with the controversial Common Core state standards. (June 2013)

Common Core, common politics: Can someone throw a bucket of water on Cobb board? - Georgia
Maureen Downey: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Can someone please fill a bucket with cold water and throw it on the Cobb County school board? During a time of furloughs and larger classes, Cobb is considering squandering $2 million to redesign middle and middle and high school math books to eliminate all icons that reference the "Common Core Georgia Performance Standards." (June 2013)

What Fayette students may lose with Common Core math - Georgia
Fayette Citizen

Fayette County School Board voted [June 17] to purchase the Common Core aligned math textbooks. During the discussion of the textbooks, prior to the vote, it was pointed out by school board member Mary Kay Bacallao that these textbooks have skills that are delayed one to two years and even eliminated teaching certain necessary skills all together. (June 2013)

Debunking common Anti-Common Core myths, one fact at a time
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Fordham’s Mike Petrilli  argued the conservative case for the Common Core—and debunked some common anti–Common Core myths—yesterday on the Rod Arquette Show (KNRS-Salt Lake City). (June 2013)

Common Core - Setting the Record Straight
Education Week

This country was not built by people with low expectations. It was built by great leaders in communities and states who stepped up, sometimes  individually and sometimes together, to achieve great things. (June 2013)

Fayette school board OKs buying Common Core math textbooks - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(Full article only available to subscribers or in print editions.) During a meeting Monday evening in which the angst over arithmetic was akin to the night before an algebra exam, the Fayette County School Board voted 4-1 to buy Common Core math textbooks at a cost of $1.6 million. (June 2013)

Common Core opponent goes too far with claim about data collection - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - PolitiFact Georgia

Statement:  A data system that goes along with Common Core is designed to collect up to 400 data points on each child, which can include personally identifiable data. Rating: Mostly False. (June 2013)

Backlash against Common Core educational standards
McClatchey Newspapers

A backlash against the Common Core educational standards for grade school has hit the radio talk shows and Internet blogs in recent weeks. (June 2013)

Common Core gets a public hearing - Georgia
Fayette Citizen

A panel of local and statewide educators presented their viewpoints about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at a June 10 community forum held at the Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. (June 2013)

NC needs to realize Common Core is a conservative victory
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

For some time now, outside groups have been vigorously spreading misinformation about the Common Core State Standards. The effort has been relentless, and North Carolina has not been immune to the falsehoods. (June 2013)

Governor Mike Huckaby Supports the Common Core
Letter to Oklahoma Legislators

As a conservative who served as the governor for a state that shares the values of the very Oklahomans you represent, I'm writing to encourage you to resist any attempt to delay implementation of the improved standards adopted by your State Board of Education in 2010. (June 2013)

What Are They Really Saying About Common Core State Standards?
Foundation for Excellence in Education

Despite continued misinformation about the Common Core State Standards, support for the new high academic standards is building across America. (June 2013)

Backlash over Common Core State Standards
eSchool News

Some states are pushing back against the Common Core State Standards, a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing, and math that have been fully adopted in most states and are being widely put in place this school year. (June 2013)

U.S. school database loses backers as parents balk over privacy - Georgia angle
Reuters

A $100 million database set up to store extensive records on millions of public school students has stumbled badly since its launch this spring. (May 2013)

Setting the Record Straight on the Common Core
Foundation for excellence in Education

Common Core State Standards are not a national mandate or a national curriculum. States voluntarily chose whether or not to adopt the standards and retain full authority for implementation. (May 2013)

Opinion:  Profit motive behind Common Core Standards - Georgia
Savannah Morning News

The rhetorical war on the Common Core Standards Initiative is heating up and Georgia’s participation is in the balance. (May 2013)

Some states push back against new school standards
Boston Globe

Some states are pushing back against a set of uniform benchmarks for reading, writing and math that have been fully adopted in most states and are being widely put in place this school year. (May 2013)

Common-Core Online Practice Tests Unveiled
Education Week 

Students, parents, and teachers who are anxious or merely curious about the coming online assessments matched to the Common Core State Standards will now have the opportunity to go through a test run of sorts. (May 2013)

State Chiefs: Common Core Requires Flexibility, Not a Pause
Education Week

The Council of Chief State School Officers is rejecting calls for a moratorium on any high stakes tied to the Common Core State Standards, and is instead suggesting that states have almost all of the power they need to smooth the way for what could be a rocky transition. (May 2013)

New standards examined - Educators say Common Core sets higher expectations
Nashville Tennesseean

While the push toward the multi-state educational standards known as Common Core has drawn recent debate in Tennessee and around the nation, a panel of local educators addressed questions and misconceptions. (May 2013)

Common Core standards were created and controlled by the states
St. Louis Post Dispatch

Letter:  Mr. Holland attempts to stir up distrust and fear of the Common Core State Standards by invoking the “F” word – F as in “federalizing.” We must be very clear that the Common Core project is not a federally mandated one. (May 2013)

Fast Facts About Common Core State Standards - Georgia
PeachtreeCorners Patch

The new program will provide Georgia the ability to compare student performance across state lines and improve the state's education rankings. (May 2013)

GOP fear of Common Core education standards unfounded
Washington Post

Modern conservatism comes in two distinct architectural styles. The first seeks to build from scratch, using accurate ideological levels and plumb lines, so every wall is straight and every corner squared. (May 2013)

Common Core by Bill Gates - Georgia
Marietta Patch

The Gates Foundation is the primary private financial backer of the Common Core Standards, PARCC assessments and the last piece, InBloom – the software brain and nerve center of the whole project. (May 2013) 

Political Insider:  Nathan Deal escapes GOP rebuke over Common Core - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

Gov. Nathan Deal owes Seth Harp a basket of flowers. Or at least a thank-you note.  By calling for a quorum in the final minutes of the state GOP convention on Saturday, the former state senator from Columbus saved the governor from a rebuke from the Republican grassroots over Georgia’s participation in Common Core educational standards. (May 2013)

Local officials warily watch Common Core debate - Georgia
Statesboro Herald

When the Common Core State Standards were finalized and released almost three years ago, there wasn’t much fanfare outside the education community.
In recent months, that has changed. (May 2013)

Six ways the Common Core is good for students
National Education Assn.

As the Common Core debate heats up, we’ve heard a lot from policy makers, politicians, and even TV talk show hosts about the challenges posed by the new standards and whether they’ll help or hurt education.  (May 2013)

Common Core needs another community vetting - Georgia
Cherokee Tribune

There is still time to reconsider a decision based on incomplete input before it’s too late to turn back. This board needs to determine now if those negative declarations being raised have merit instead of learning too late they were valid, as America did with Obamacare. (May 2013)
Read more: Cherokee Tribune - Common Core needs another community vetting

Gov. Deal signs resolution addressing Common Core standards - Georgia
Associated Press

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order implementing restrictions on a set of academic standards adopted by the state. Resolution. Response (AJC - Maureen Downey blog). (May 2013)

Common Core Supporters Firing Back
Education Week

Supporters of the Common Core State Standards are moving to confront increasingly high-profile opposition to the standards at the state and national levels. (May 2013)

Opinion: Education vs. political ignorance - Georgia
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

It is no longer polite to talk about the Common Core curriculum in many conservative circles. The argument seems to be hung up on a "federal takeover of education." (May 2013)

Maureen Downey:  Opposing Common Core: Education decisions best made locally - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Last night, I posted a pro Common Core piece by Republican Sen. Fran Millar of Dunwoody. Here is a piece in opposition by GOP Sen. William Ligon of Brunswick. (May 2013)

Maureen Downey:  In Republican war on Common Core, a voice of sanity. But will anyone listen?
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One influential Republican state senator is taking a stand against his colleagues. State Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, is attempting to be the voice of reason in a debate that is full of misinformation and hyperbole. (May 2013)

Marietta City Schools on board with Common Core
Marietta Daily Journal

School board chairman says adopting Common Core is a move in the right direction. (MDJ now requiring subscription after so many monthly visits.) (May 2013)

How to train students’ brains for the Common Core
eSchool News

The Common Core State Standards ask students to perform with higher levels of cognition and application, and brain training and specific teaching methods can help students succeed with these new standards, experts say. (May 2013)

Ligon: Common Core sacrifices sovereignty - Georgia
Athens Banner-Herald

Perhaps never before in American history has K-12 education experienced such a huge shift from local to federal control. (May 2013)

Common Core will bring national assessment, federal curriculum - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

State education Superintendent John Barge told Cobb Republicans at their Saturday breakfast he’s concerned about the looming Common Core Standards-related national assessment of students “because in my mind, that gets to a federal curriculum. (May 2013)
Many teachers say they need training in Common Core standards, poll says
Washington Post

Most public school teachers feel unprepared to teach math and reading to the Common Core standards that are rolling out in 45 states and the District, according to a poll of 800 teachers. (May 2013)

Rifts Deepen Over Direction of Ed. Policy in U.S.
Education Week

In statehouses and cities across the country, battles are raging over the direction of education policy—from the standards that will shape what students learn to how test results will be used to judge a teacher's performance. (May 2013)

State school systems rethink Common Core
Washington Times

The growing backlash against the nationwide K-12 school standards known as Common Core, bubbling to the surface in Indiana, Michigan and elsewhere, has become the hottest story in education. (May 2013)

The Common Core on Campus
Inside Higher Ed

The Common Core State Standards Initiative, for the first time make college and career readiness for every high school graduate an explicit, nearly nationwide goal. (May 2013)

Common Core Uncommonly Problematic - Georgia
Athens Banner-Herald

We’ve gotten ourselves into a mighty pickle. With “leadership” from the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the nation has jumped willy-nilly into a new set of educational standards for our children. (May 2013)

Cobb GOP quizzes Barge on program - Georgia
Cherokee Tribune

During a talk about the controversial Common Core Standards at the Cobb GOP’s Saturday breakfast, a local resident asked Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge how to go about discarding the program. (May 2013)

Ga. schools superintendent addresses concerns about a federal curriculum
- Georgia
Cherokee Tribune

Georgia Schools Superintendent John Barge wanted the audience at the Cobb GOP's Saturday breakfast to know he's not to blame for the controversial Common Core Standards. (May 2013)

Maureen Downey:  Cobb sets back Common Core and possibly state - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In the last few months, there’s been mounting Republican opposition in Georgia and elsewhere to the Common Core State Standards, much of it driven by misinformation and demagoguery. (May 2013)

Board says no to committee on Common Core - Georgia
Cherokee Tribune

With many Georgia Republican leaders in opposition to the new Common Core State Standards, a Cherokee County School Board member suggested establishing a board committee to look into the new curriculum during Thursday night’s meeting. (May 2013)

New national academic standards stoke new fears - Georgia

With Georgia students taking their first tests tied to a “Common Core” of national academic standards in English and math, a number of conservatives want the state to reconsider its decision to adhere to those standards. (May 2013)

State schools superintendent to address Common Core standards - Georgia
Cherokee Tribune

State Schools Superintendent John Barge is coming to Cobb County on Saturday to address concerns about the controversial Common Core standards. (May 2013)

Common Core a test of conservative leadership - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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. (May 2013)

Learning Goals Spur Backlash
Wall Street Journal

As more classrooms across the country roll out universal math and reading standards, a growing group of critics are pressing officials to slow their implementation or dump the learning goals entirely. (May 2013)

Editorial: Make the Common Core standards work before making them count - Randi Weingarten
eSchool News

AFT President Randi Weingarten calls for a moratorium on the high-stakes implications of Common Core testing until the standards have been properly implemented. (April 2013)

National Public Radio story: 'Core' Curriculum Puts Education Experts At Odds (April 2013)

Growing corps anti-Core
Cincinnati.com

New Common Core reading and math standards are heading to a classroom near you. And trailing along is a growing chorus of critics and skeptics. (April 2013)

Critics join common cause to block latest school reform
Washington Times

Ed Secretary Arne Duncan would be a very wise man if he started paying close attention to the sticks being poked in the eyes of the Obama administration regarding those one-size-fits-all Common Core State Standards. (April 2013)

Common Core Questions Linger - Georgia
Georgia Public Broadcasting

The debate over whether Georgia’s schools should follow a common curriculum devised by states continues. (April 2013)

Assault on Common Core Standards: A political or policy fight? - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A strange element to the mounting Republican opposition to the Common Core State Standards is that the effort was led by a GOP governor and one familiar to Georgians, Sonny Perdue. (April 2013)

Common Core makes sense, says governor - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

Governor Nathan Deal responding to growing Republican opposition to the Common Core State Standards has voiced his support. (April 2013)

Republican leader speaks on curriculum issue before school board meeting - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

Before a vote by the Cobb County School Board to reject the purchase of school books tied to the Common Core State Standards, Republican leaders expressed their opposition to the state's adoption of those standards.

Cobb school board rejects purchase of textbooks tied to Common Core - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

In a 4-3 vote, the Cobb County School Board voted not to approve the purchase of new texts that are linked to the Common Core State Standards that Georgia has adopted and is implementing. (April 2013)

Cobb’s school board votes against purchasing new math books - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cobb’s school board rejected purchasing new math books Thursday night out of concern that they were handed down by the federal government and would lower district standards. (April 2013)

Common Core testing will require digital literacy skills
eSchool News

Online exams will require students to demonstrate certain digital literacy skills that go beyond the core curriculum, observers say. These include technology operational skills such as keyboarding and spreadsheets, as well as higher-order skills such as finding and evaluating information online. (April 2013)

GOP leaders join anti-Common Core stance - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb County Republican leaders are following the National Republican Party's lead and encouraging local school board members to think twice about supporting Common Core in Georgia. (April 2013)

Spotlight on failure
New York Post

The third grade became a bit of a war zone last week.  State schools rolled out their new challenging Common Core tests. (April 2013)

Common Core and common sense, are they compatible? - Georgia
Marietta Daily Journal

State governors are usually practical and sensible people. They are known for wanting to be problem solvers. Unlike legislators, they, as executives, do not thrive on policy debate but on policy implementation. (April 2013)

Is Common Core cutting-edge education or just use of a dull blade?
Denver Post

Talk to Melissa Coleman and you know she's a teacher, even before she tells you she once taught math.  She makes a complelling case for what public schools need. (April 2013)

Common Core Backlash is rooted in fiction
Orlando Sentinel

I was at a neighborhood party recently, happily eating too many chips and dip and watching the kids jump themselves silly in a bounce house. Life was good in my little corner of suburbia. Until I heard about the latest boogeyman. (April 2013)

Republicans Versus the Business Community
New York Times

Republican office holders played a central role in the thirty-year process that forced the country to finally focus on repairing its generally mediocre public school system. (April 2013)

Arne Duncan Urges Business Leaders to Defend Common Core
Education Week

In a discussion with business leaders and others at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event April 16, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said they must step up their political advocacy to defend the Common Core State Standards and other changes to K-12 policy. (April 2013)

Uncommon Equity and Rigor: StudentsFirst Supports the Common Core
StudentsFirst

There should be no doubt that with Common Core, states have embarked on the right path. It is true that implementation has been difficult, but states are making progress. (April 2013)

Opportunity by Design: New High School Model for Student Success
Carnegie Corporation

This is a call to realize the full power of the Common Core by redesigning and reshaping schools to support teachers and maximize key resources, rather than implementing partial solutions.  Related story. Report introduction. (April 2013)

The Next Generation Science Standards
"For states by states"

The Next Generation Science Standards have been released. Twenty-six states and their broad-based teams worked together with a 41-member writing team and partners throughout the country to develop the standards. Related story. (April 2013)

The Truth About Common Core
National Review Online

Here’s what the Common Core State Standards do: They simply delineate what children should know at each grade level and describe the skills that they must acquire to stay on course toward college or career readiness. (April 2013)

Education activists taking aim at Common Core - Georgia
Times-Georgian

A Carrollton couple disagree that the Common Core State Standards are a good thing and are hoping other Georgians will agree. (April 2013)

Most states adopt new standards
CNHI News Service

The debate over the value of teaching cursive writing in schools has escalated since the nation’s governors and state education commissioners launched the Common Core State Standards Initiative in 2009. (April 2013)

Some local educators 'worried' by new standards - Georgia
Dalton Daily Citizen

New common core standards that omit handwriting instruction will “hurt kids ... by taking away the basics of communication,” says one local teacher. (April 2013)

Test Groups Weigh Unified Accommodations Policies
Education Week

Two groups of states are laboring to design new assessments for the Common Core State Standards to replace the wide variety of standardized reading and mathematics tests used now. (April 2013)

Ravitch and Krashen: Last Round in Common-Core Debate
Education Week

This will be, I promise, the last round in a series of exchanges with Diane Ravitch focused on the Common Core State Standards. (April 2013)

The Math Standards and Moving Beyond the Worksheet - Teaching the Common Core Standards in Math
Education Week

The good news is that the common-core standards provide an open playing field that encourages teachers to move away from the step-by-step model. (March 2013)

Developing Assessments of Deeper Learning:  The Costs and Benefits of Using Tests That Help Students Learn
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

In order to realize the benefits of an instructionally helpful system, it will be important to make high-quality assessments both affordable and feasible to implement while strengthening teaching and learning at the same time. (March 2013)

How the Common Core is redefining math instruction
eSchool News

Integrating skills throughout the curriculum, and drilling deeper on concepts, are among key changes. (March 2013)

Findings from a National Survey of Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core
EPE Research Center

Education Week:  Even as the Common Core State Standards are being put into practice across most of the country, nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach them, especially to disadvantaged students, according to a new survey. (March 2013)

Improving College Readiness in the Age of Common Core
mdrc

This discusses the "programmatic supports" needed for students from secondary and postsecondary educational institutions to help the Common Core's efforts to preparing more students for college. The brief reviews what researchers already know, and what the next step is. (March 2013)

In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities
Education Week

Educators around the country are exploring innovative ways to teach the new common-core literacy standards, and some are calling attention to an approach they say is working well: interdisciplinary thematic units. (March 2013)

Report of the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education

The report details the results of a survey of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the U.S. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs, teachers as professionals, science and mathematics courses, instructional objectives and activities, instructional resources, and factors affecting instruction. Related story. (March 2013)

Common Core part of discussion at town hall meeting - Georgia
Cherokee Tribune

A new school board member asks for community input on education issues that concern them.  The discussion surrounding the Common Core State Standards and Georgia's participation is growing. (March 2013)

Assessment Consortium Releases Testing Time Estimates
Education Week

New tests being designed for students in nearly half the states in the country will take eight to 10 hours, depending on grade level, and schools will have a testing window of up to 20 days to administer them. (March 2013)

Support builds for Ligon's bid to reject national education standards - Georgia
Morris News Service

A coalition of state and national conservative groups is backing legislation that would withdraw Georgia from national school standards adopted last year. (March 2013)

Teacher Perspectives on the Common Core - A National Survey
EPE Research Center

Even as the Common Core State Standards are being put into practice across most of the country, nearly half of teachers feel unprepared to teach them. Related story. (February 2013)

How to prepare for Common Core testing—and why current teacher evaluation systems won’t help
eSchool News

To prepare for more rigorous assessments aligned with the Common Core standards, teachers will need more time and opportunities to collaborate with each other. (February 2013)

Former Bush education official: Guinea pigs for Common Core standards
Indianapolis Star

I have thought long and hard about the Common Core standards. I have decided that I cannot support them. I have long advocated for voluntary national standards, believing that it would be helpful to states and districts to have general guidelines about what students should know and be able to do as they progress through school. (February 2013)

Bill would withdraw Georgia from Common Core - Georgia
Heartland

A lawmaker has filed a bill that would withdraw Georgia from Common Core national education standards and prohibit personal information that tests collect from being shared outside the state. (February 2013)

New ed-tech bill supports digital learning, Common Core
eSchool News

A new bill calls on Congress to fund $500 million in grants to states and districts for educational technology, and supporters say it could replace the old Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) program, which died in 2011. (February 2013)

Georgia students struggle on test tied to common core math course - Georgia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judging from students’ initial experience in a new math course, Georgia’s move to a common core of academic standards shared by 44 other states won’t be painless. (February 2013)

Moving Forward - A National Perspective on States' Progress in Common Core Standards Implementation Planning
educationfirst

With assessments only two years away, states are moving toward putting the Common Core State Standards into practice, with most having completed plans in three key areas. Related story. (February 2013)

Pressure Mounts in Some States Against Common Core
Education Week

Opponents of the Common Core State Standards are ramping up legislative pressure and public relations efforts aimed at getting states to scale back—or even abandon—the high-profile initiative. (February 2013)

Is Common Core Too Stressful for Kindergartners?
New York Post

Kindergarten has come a long way, baby — too far, some say. Way beyond the ABCs, crayons and building blocks, the city Department of Education now wants 4- and 5-year-olds to write “informative/explanatory reports” and demonstrate “algebraic thinking.” (January 2013)

Implementing the Common Core Standards in Urban School Districts, 2012
Council of the Great City Schools

Most urban districts plan to have fully implemented the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics by the 2014-15 school year and more than half of districts have already begun. Related story. (January 2013)

Time to opt out of creepy fed ed data-mining racket
Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin

Last week, I reported on the federal government’s massive new student-tracking database, which was created as part of the nationalized Common Core standards scheme. (March 2013)

Rotten to the (Common) Core: The growing grassroots revolt
Cherokee Tribune: Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin

Malkin is an opponent of the Common Core State Standards. Here she addresses questionable education activities in Texas and says as goes Texas so goes the nation in the ongoing debate. (March 2013)

‘Common Core’ curriculum a mandate for mediocrity
Syndicated Columnist Michelle Malkin

This conservative columnist questions exactly what is in the proposed new national curriculum. (January 2013)

On the Road to Assessing Deeper Learning: The Status of Smarter Balanced and PARCC Assessment Consortia
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing - University of California, Los Angeles

Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction.  Related story. (January 2013) 

Common Core Sets Bar for Achievement
Memphis Commercial Appeal

There I was. A former honor student who had graduated at the top of her class, gotten a 5 on four of the six Advanced Placement exams I had taken, been accepted to all 10 colleges I'd applied to, staring at words I had never seen before: "Recommended for Remedial Math." (December 2012)

Achievement Level Descriptors and College Readiness
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Twenty-five states have taken a big step toward designing a shared assessment: They've drafted an initial definition of what college readiness means, and descriptions of the skills and knowledge students must demonstrate at each step of the way toward that goal. Related story. (November 2012)

The Common Core State Standards:  Caution and Opportunity for Early- Childhood Education
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

This paper attempts to help early-childhood educators walk the tightrope between the common standards' emphasis on raising academic rigor with research results that show that play, the arts, social skills, and integrated instruction are crucial to young children's healthy development. Related story. (November 2012)

High Standards Help Struggling Students: New Evidence
EducationSector

While most policymakers, researchers, and educators have embraced the Common Core's higher standards, some question the fairness of raising the academic bar on students who are already struggling. More. (November 2012)

Fulfilling the Promise of the Common Core State Standards: Moving from Adoption to Implementation to Sustainability
EduCorps/ASCD

This report illuminates activities educators and policymakers at all levels can undertake to successfully implement the Common Core State Standards across the nation. Related story. (November 2012)

Scores Drop on Kentucky's Common Core-Aligned Tests
Education Week

Results from new state tests in Kentucky—the first in the nation explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards—show that the share of students scoring “proficient” or better in reading and math dropped. (November 2012)

Testing Group Scales Back Performance Items
Education Week

A group that is developing tests for half the states in the nation has dramatically reduced the length of its assessment in a bid to balance the desire for a more meaningful and useful exam with concerns about the amount of time spent on testing. (November 2012)

Are new online standardized tests revolutionary? Decide for yourself.
Hechinger Report

New high-tech standardized tests are coming soon to schools across the country, but will these new tests really revolutionize how we measure whether children are learning? (October 2012)

Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards
Council of Chief State School Officers

These standards are designed to help states revise, revamp, or rewrite their English-language proficiency standards so that they align with the Common Core standards in English/language arts and math, as well as the new standards that are still under development for science. Related story. (October 2012)

Four Myths About the ELA-Common Core Standards
Education Week

This blog post identify and address four myths regarding the Common Core State Standards. Among the myths they seek to dispel is that the complexity of texts will be rated with a rigid formula. (July 2012)

New Tool to Provide Tech Inventory for Common Core
Education Week

A new readiness tool will provide a national snapshot of school technology in preparation for common-core online assessments in 2014-15. (July 2012)

Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core:  How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This estimates the implementation cost for each of the 45 states (and the District of Columbia) that have adopted the Common Core State Standards and shows that costs naturally depend on how states approach implementation. Related story. Fordham Press Release. (June 2012)

Implementing the Common Core Standards 
Council of Chief State School Officers

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a common set of clear educational standards for English-language arts and mathematics that states can share and voluntarily adopt. Relating story. (May 2012)

Common Core Math Standards
Educationnext

This analysis by two experts calls into question the standards that have now been adopted by more than 40 states.  Common Core is getting its share of support and criticism.  (April 2012)

Are You Prepared for the Common Core Standards?
Education Week - Teacher (Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable)

The Common Core standards offer unprecedented opportunities for teachers to collaborate on refining instruction. But there are a variety of roadblocks.  This entry asks several teachers for their views. (March 2012)

Preparing for Change - A National Perspective On Common Core State Standards Implementation Planning
Education First/Editorial Projects in Education, Inc.

Forty-six states and the District of Columbia have adopted the common core standards, but only seven have fully developed plans to put the standards into practice. Relating story. (Januaruy 2012)