How to defend Common Core Standards

Common Core Standards are under attack in a growing number of states and could “stall” over the next four or five years, writes Rick Hess. Defenders must get off the same old talking points and address critics’ legitimate concerns.

To start with, Education Secretary Arne Duncan should admit that “federal involvement and money played a nontrivial (and perhaps, in hindsight, an unfortunate) role in the early stages of the Common Core.”

Like Hess, I see potential for the new standards to improve learning in many states, but I also see lots of problems.

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