Debunking Myths

Misinformation about higher standards is harming essential education reforms. Get the facts about Common Core and why high standards are critical for our children.

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Fighting Federal Overreach

The movement to raise standards is state-driven – it’s not a federal initiative. Help protect states’ right to decide how kids are taught.

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Strong Military Support

Military leaders are supporting Common Core State Standards because critical thinking and complex problem solving are essential skills for today’s, and tomorrow’s, military.

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Tools for Parents

From learning what to expect in your child’s classroom to understanding why high standards are important, here is the important information parents need now.

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  • "We want to make sure that our schools have high standards. The standards we have should be ones driven by Wisconsin parents, Wisconsin families, Wisconsin employers and educators out there.”
    - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
  • “It can't be the case that we are so under-educating our children that large numbers of them cannot – maybe 75 percent – are not capable of serving in our military. What are we doing? And what are you going to do about it? I would like to hear the Common Core endorsed and the governors continuing to work on it.”
    - Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
  • “The Common Core State Standards are a building block in our state’s education system meant to ensure that teachers and districts can innovate within a framework of high expectations and accountability. They are based on the fundamental belief that every child in every classroom deserves an education that will properly equip them with the skills they need for college and a career. Our aggressive implementation of these standards in partnership with districts will ensure that our children have an education that will serve them well in the next stages of their lives.”
    - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • “Just like in business, measurement should be focused on results – and the new Common Core Standards we are implementing will do just that. Getting this transition right is critical and is the best mechanism we have to ensure our kids are well prepared for college and careers.”
    - Florida Governor Rick Scott
  • "I tend to think they’re pretty good. It’s all of course in how they’re applied, how they’re implemented, and this is something states are free to do or not. They can opt in or out.”
    – Former Reagan Administration Education Secretary Bill Bennett
  • “While a lot of hard work remains at the state level, this voluntary effort led by 48 states and the District of Columbia to provide high quality, common academic standards is a great step forward.”
    - Arthur J. Rothkopf, senior vice president and counselor to the president of the National Chamber of Commerce

According to ACT, nearly 90 percent of all high school graduates aspire to attain at least a 2-year postsecondary degree.

According to ACT, nearly 90 percent of all high school graduates aspire to attain at least a 2-year postsecondary degree.

Unfortunately, only 25 percent of those same high school graduates are actually ready for college.

Unfortunately, only 25 percent of those same high school graduates are actually ready for college.