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States having problems with Common Core standards

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor
January 6th, 2011

Not surprisingly, a lack of funding was listed by states as a roadblock to implementation.

As states move forward in their adoption of the Common Core State Standards, a new survey reveals that thorough implementation of these standards is still years away, and many states are forgetting a key piece of the common standards movement: linking to postsecondary education.

Think of it like the all-too-common New Year’s resolution to work out more frequently—you feel good buying that gym membership, and your friends might pat you on the back, but then what happens? It sounds good in theory, but it ends up being a daunting task: Are you really going to have to run on that treadmill?

In a survey released today, titled “States’ Progress and Challenges in Implementing Common Core State Standards,” by the Center on Education Policy (CEP), states were asked whether they planned to make certain changes in their policies and practices for elementary and secondary education as part of their approach to implementing the common standards, and how soon these changes would be fully implemented.

For more on the common standards movement:

Final common standards in English, math released

Analysis: ‘Common Core’ standards clearer, more rigorous

States given millions for new assessments

Did Race to the Top help or hurt the push for a common curriculum?

As of press time, 43 states had adopted the Common Core standards, as well as the District of Columbia. Back in October and November, when the CEP conducted its survey, 32 states had adopted the standards and four had provisionally adopted the standards. CEP surveyed these 36 states and uncovered some interesting findings.

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