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?

  2. Card 2 of 18

    Who created the Common Core?

  3. Card 3 of 18

    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?

    The federal government didn't write the standards, but it has promoted them. The stimulus bill included $4.4 billion in Education Department grants for states that adopted "college- and career-ready standards."

    States weren't explicitly required to adopt the Common Core in order to compete for the federal money; they could have used their own standards if they proved to the Education Department that those standards prepared students for college. Nearly all of them adopted Common Core instead, and all of the states who eventually won the grants were Common Core states. Another grant program was created to help develop tests based on Common Core standards.

    The federal government has other levers to promote Common Core, too. It waives some requirements of No Child Left Behind, the 2002 education reform law, for states that (among other things) adopt "college and career-ready standards" and assessments based on those standards. But Texas, Virginia, and Minnesota got waivers from the law without adopting the Common Core by proving that that their standards could prepare kids for college and careers.

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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?

  9. Card 9 of 18

    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?

  12. Card 12 of 18

    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?

  16. Card 16 of 18

    You didn't answer my question!

  17. Card 17 of 18

    Where can I learn more about the Common Core?

  18. Card 18 of 18

    How have these cards changed?

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