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?
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    What is the Common Core?

    The Common Core State Standards are a new set of academic standards adopted by 43 states . The standards are meant to prepare students for college and careers and to make the US more competitive academically. They're benchmarks for what students should know and be able to do in math and language arts from kindergarten through senior year of high school.

    The Common Core includes a lot of those benchmarks at each grade level, but there are a few unifying themes. Language arts standards focus on basing arguments on evidence. Students will write fewer personal narratives and more opinions. They'll also be asked to read more nonfiction. In math, the standards focus on fewer concepts, but in more depth.

    States used to set their own academic standards, and they could vary widely in rigor. The goal of common standards is to make sure all public school students are prepared for college and for jobs when they graduate from high school, regardless of where they live. Writing assignments are more about evidence-based arguments and less on personal narratives like "What I did on my summer vacation." Math standards focus on fewer topics in more depth that are meant to progress logically from grade to grade.

    Two state groups, the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers, created the Common Core standards in 2009 and 2010. But they're in the news now because states are beginning to use the Common Core as the basis for state tests. As the standards move from theory to reality, they're becoming better-known and, often, more controversial among parents and legislators. The Common Core standards are more challenging than what most states used to use, and kids aren't doing as well on these tests.

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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?

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

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    What’s the case against the Common Core?

  8. Card 8 of 18

    How are national standards different from a national curriculum?

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    What is a Common Core assessment consortium?

  10. Card 10 of 18

    What kind of questions might be on Common Core tests?

  11. Card 11 of 18

    How are students doing so far on Common Core tests?

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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!

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    Where can I learn more about the Common Core?

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    How have these cards changed?

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