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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  • “The federal government did not mandate it, they did not control it, they did not dictate its content. I think there is also a misunderstanding between the Common Core standards, which simply says these are the things that a student needs to know or be able to do at certain grade levels in their school progress, as opposed to a Common Core curriculum, whereby you dictate what is taught.”
    - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
  • “The CCSS do not indoctrinate children. They do not establish a national curriculum, and they do not threaten student privacy in any way. The CCSS do not require that teachers use any specific materials, books, or even teaching methods. In short, the CCSS are not part of a vast left-wing conspiracy to curtail parental rights and brainwash our children.”
    - Carlos Curbelo, Republican Miami-Dade School Board Member
  • “Helping prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly fierce global marketplace is a goal we should all embrace. As America’s business leaders, we stand united in our support for the successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and we urge the Republican Party to join us.”
    - Former Michigan Governor John Engler
  • “We must make sure Iowa students can compete with young people in countries with the highest-performing schools… The future well-being of our great state depends on Iowans’ willingness to dramatically improve our schools. The State Board of Education’s decision to add the new, voluntary Common Core State Standards in math and literacy strengthens the Iowa Core.”
    - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
  • “Now more than ever, we must focus intently on competing for private sector jobs, preparing our students to graduate from high school and join the workforce or succeed in college, and ensuring that our kids can read so that they can succeed in life."
    - New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
  • “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.