Common Core math asks for more

The proposed Common Core eighth-grade standards ask for math skills two to three years higher than math skills tested by the federal National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP), concludes a Brookings analysis.

By Common Core standards, NAEP’s number-strand questions are at the fifth-grade level, on average, the report finds, while NAEP algebra questions are at the sixth-grade level.   

Remember that many U.S. students are unable to meet NAEP standards. What will happen when the expectations rise dramatically?

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