Common Core has been mired in controversy for the curriculum and because opponents view it as federal interference in local affairs

common-core-wisdom-effectivenessCommon Core State Standards are a set of rigorous academic standards in math and English. The Common Core has been adopted in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, this academic initiative was intended to ensure that students graduate from high school with critical thinking skills to help them lead a successful life.

eSchool News has covered Common Core Standards extensively. The initiative may be losing public support as a result of limited resources for implementation, underdeveloped high stakes testing, and what critics see as a set of standards that stifles creativity.

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