The Common Core State Standards

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With all the hype about the Common Core State Standards, it’s easy to forget that some states have decided not to adopt the standards–plus, some adopting states are now re-evaluating their decisions. Perhaps one of the biggest arguments against the standards is that “while core curriculum has improved performance in states with traditionally good education systems,” states that have struggled academically wonder if the standards are more a one-size-fits-all pathway instead of a “great equalizing force,” in which the common standards bridge a gap between vocational education and the university pathway. Three big arguments in favor of the Common Core State Standards, according to the infographic, are: •Students will learn more if their learning targets are set higher •Students will learn more if the passing grades for state tests are set higher •Students will learn more if lesson plans and textbooks are all made more complex and rigorous. This, however, can lead to a situation in which some students fall even further behind in school and drop out due to their discouragement. The infographic looks at the Common Core State Standards’ stance on algebra, which is taught in the eighth grade. According to the Common Core, students who take algebra can become familiar with more complex math courses as they progress through school, and will have more knowledge when they enter college. However, the infographic points out that childhood brain development tends to plateau in the eighth

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