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ERIC Number: ED540204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-11
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
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Common Core Standards' Devastating Impact on Literary Study and Analytical Thinking. Issue Brief No. 3800
Stotsky, Sandra
Heritage Foundation
Since coming to office, the Obama Administration has been intent on standardizing what is taught at each grade level in all of the nation's schools. It has used its flagship "Race to the Top" competitive grant program to entice states to adopt the K-12 standards developed by a joint project of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Parents, teachers, and education leaders along the political spectrum are increasingly raising questions about the constitutionality and transparency of this joint project, called the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). They are also expressing concern about the high cost of implementing the standards and the national tests that will be based on them, as well as the potential loss of local control of curriculum and instruction. An English curriculum overloaded with advocacy journalism or with "informational" articles chosen for their topical and/or political nature should raise serious concerns among parents, school leaders, and policymakers. Common Core's standards not only present a serious threat to state and local education authority, but also put academic quality at risk. Pushing fatally flawed education standards into America's schools is not the way to improve education for America's students.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Race to the Top