The Common Core State Standards Aren’t a Big Deal

In a new column at Talking Points Memo, Conor P. Williams points out that, despite the superheated rhetoric, the Common Core State Standards are really pretty boring policy. But we should still stick with them.

Common Core standards are neither a curse nor a cure-all. Neither pox nor panacea. But we should still stick with them. Why? Here’s something that most Americans don’t realize about our education system: we rarely have a good idea about what’s going on. We spend billions each year on a system without any serious commitment to collecting good data. And the Common Core would considerably help fix that situation.

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[Cross-posted at Ed Central]

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Conor Williams

Conor Williams is a Senior Researcher in the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation. Find him on Twitter: @ConorPWilliams