Common Core Standards Initiative


Common Core Standards Initiative

Standardized Test

  • What is Common Core?
  • Who wrote the standards?
  • What are the standards?
  • Were parents and educators consulted?
  • Who funded it?
  • Why should you be worried about Common Core?
  • How did the federal government get the states on board?
  • Who opposes Common Core and why?

These questions and many more will be answered here.  I have gathered and provided many links and videos to help you understand what Common Core is, so that you, the parent, can make an informed opinion on the subject. To get a brief overview of what we’re talking about, I suggest you begin with this
Fact Sheet on Common Core’s Developers, Writers, Validation Committee, and Standards, put together by Sandra Stotsky.

Sandra StotskySandra Stotsky is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students as well as the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999-2003. She is also known nation-wide for her in-depth analyses of the problems in Common Core’s English language arts standards.   Her current research ranges from the deficiencies in teacher preparation programs and teacher licensure tests to the deficiencies in the K-12 reading curriculum and the question of gender bias in the curriculum.

She was also on the Common Core Validation Committee. She was made to sign a confidentiality agreement, stating that she was NOT to discuss anything that took place in the meetings. Why do you think that is? I’d sure like to know.


Jim StergiosNext, check out this video from Pioneer Institute, where Executive Director Jim Stergios talks about the basis for education reform in Massachusetts, and how that state-driven success model differs from Common Core national education standards. He corrects some of the myths about Common Core, drawing on Pioneer Institute’s extensive research to show that the national standards were not state-led, violate three federal laws, and will far exceed cost estimates for implementation.


Setting the Record Straight on Common Core – Part 1


 Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
-Albert Einstein

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