Renewed Debate Over Common Core Standards And Testing

Renewed Debate Over Common Core Standards And Testing

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have signed on to Common Core educational standards since 2010. Now, many states led by both Republicans and Democrats are reconsidering. Renewed debate over Common Core standards and testing.

In 2010, a coalition of state governors and education experts developed the “Common Core,” a set of uniform guidelines for what American students should know and be able to do by each grade. When the federal government offered incentive grants as part of the stimulus, 45 states and the District of Columbia signed on to adopt the new standards. Now, many of those states are reconsidering their support. Critics say the standards are too rigid and confusing for students and teachers. And 11 states have pulled out of the Common Core testing, which is supposed to begin in 2015. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss renewed debate over Common Core standards and testing.


Catherine Gewertz

associate editor, Education Week; co-author of blog, "Curriculum Matters."

Michael Cohen

president, ACHIEVE, an independent, non-profit education reform organization; former special assistant to President Clinton for Education Policy

Carol Burris

principal, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, NY; New York State High School Principal of the Year (2013); author of the forthcoming book, "On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the 21st Century Struggle against Resegregation" (2014)

Jim Scheer

State Senator in the Nebraska unicameral legislature; former president of the Nebraska School Board

Annice Brave

National Board Certified Teacher of English and journalism at Alton High School in Alton, Illinois; named Illinois Teacher-of-the-Year in 2011

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