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Faster learning progress seen in first Common Core state

By Laura Devaney
April 13th, 2015

American Institutes for Research study reveals that Kentucky students showed more academic proficiency after exposure to the Common Core standards

common-coreResults from the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards—Kentucky—show that students with more exposure to the standards “made faster progress in learning” than peers who followed the older state standards, according to a study conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

While the report’s authors are careful not to attribute student achievement gains to the Common Core, they conclude that “fears about [the standards’] impact on student outcomes may be overstated.”

The analysis was written by experts with the National Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) at AIR.

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