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I wrote about this issue for TMN back when the first batch of Common Core standards was still being developed. By now Common Core standards are being used widely in education (still mostly in math and language skills, but they are branching out to other subjects, too). My opinions haven’t changed much since writing that piece, and having worked with the standards for a couple years now, I can say unequivocally that the Common Core standards are superior to the vast majority of the state standards previously in use. However, I still maintain, as do most teachers, that high-stakes testing is not great for students, but the tests aren’t going away (because accountability).
While it’s a good thing that unified, federal standards are being applied in schools, compared to the former hodgepodge of state standards, there are still serious issues with No Child Left Behind and American education in general that need correcting (austerity programs in school budgets, most alarmingly, are just closing schools in some of our poorest cities), and the wider introduction of Common Core standards, while helpful, is no silver bullet.
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