Everything you need to know about the Common Core

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CURATED BY Libby Nelson

2014-06-18 18:43:37 -0400

  1. What is the Common Core?
  2. Who created the Common Core?
  3. What problems is the Common Core trying to solve?
  4. What’s actually in the Common Core?
  5. Why do Common Core math problems look so weird?
  6. What is the federal government’s role in Common Core?
  7. What’s the case against the Common Core?
  8. How are national standards different from a national curriculum?
  9. What is a Common Core assessment consortium?
  10. What kind of questions might be on Common Core tests?
  11. How are students doing so far on Common Core tests?
  12. What do these tests have to do with No Child Left Behind?
  13. How many states have adopted the Common Core?
  14. How many states have abandoned the Common Core?
  15. What does the Common Core have to do with college?
  16. You didn't answer my question!
  17. Where can I learn more about the Common Core?
  18. How have these cards changed?
  1. Card 1 of 18

    What is the Common Core?

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    Who created the Common Core?

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    What problems is the Common Core trying to solve?

  4. Card 4 of 18

    What’s actually in the Common Core?

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    Why do Common Core math problems look so weird?

  6. Card 6 of 18

    What is the federal government’s role in Common Core?

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    What’s the case against the Common Core?

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    How are national standards different from a national curriculum?

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    What is a Common Core assessment consortium?

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    What kind of questions might be on Common Core tests?

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    How are students doing so far on Common Core tests?

    Not all that well. So far, only two states, New York and Kentucky, have given their students tests on how well they're meeting Common Core standards. (They're still using their own tests, not the tests that the two consortia of states are developing. Those tests just started field testing in spring 2014 and won't be in action until the 2014-15 school year.)

    Scores dropped off a cliff in both states. In New York, fewer than one-third of all public school students passed state assessments once they were aligned to the Common Core. Before the new standards, more than half of all students passed the tests.

    Kentucky also saw a big drop. When the state first used Common Core assessments, the percentage of students passing dropped by more than one-third. Scores went from hovering around 70 to 80 percent to less than 50 percent.

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    Supporters say the new standards are supposed to be hard. The low scores are a feature, not a bug. But unions are worried about the consequences for teachers if their students don't do well on the new tests, and are saying states should slow down on putting that part of the Common Core in action.

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    What do these tests have to do with No Child Left Behind?

  13. Card 13 of 18

    How many states have adopted the Common Core?

  14. Card 14 of 18

    How many states have abandoned the Common Core?

  15. Card 15 of 18

    What does the Common Core have to do with college?

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    You didn't answer my question!

  17. Card 17 of 18

    Where can I learn more about the Common Core?

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    How have these cards changed?

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