As debate rings out on nearly every policy question, we are consistently seeing gridlock win out over progress. In this political climate, it is no small feat that 44 states have chosen to hold their students to the same set of high quality academic standards embodied in the Common Core State Standards, says Stephanie Day, director of teaching and learning at the Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C., for the Washington Post. However, as with any meaningful change, nobody said it was going to be easy. Now that states are beginning to transition to the standards, the real work is kicking in. As a teacher, I certainly understand the frustration among my colleagues and everyone else participating in the implementation process. Yet with so much at stake, we can’t let these growing pains get the best of us…

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