• Strong Schools Equal High Academic Standards for All American Students and Levels the Playing Field

    Giving every student a level playing field to learn and succeed is at the heart of the Common Core. Research shows that students perform better when measured against their own potential than when measured against one another. Most adults today remember the bell curve. If you were a motivated student, you tried to stay ahead of the curve—and if you were a struggling student, you were scaffolded merely to reach proficiency. The Common Core State Standards are designed to level the playing field, giving all students the opportunity to exceed proficiency, to reach their full potential, and to be prepared for college and 21st-century careers. It starts by articulating a clear set of expectations.

    - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Myth v Fact:

The most commonly raised concerns about the movement to raise academic standards are often rooted in misinformation or are just plain inaccurate. That’s not to say that all of the concerns about these standards are invalid or that higher standards are the sole solution to improving schools across the United States. This important education reform initiative deserves a thoughtful, informed debate. Most important is to understand that there are good conservatives – who all care about kids and schools – on both sides of this issue. Below are facts in response to common myths. Learn More.

New Math and English Standards

Math Common Core State Standards require greater focus by teachers and deeper knowledge by students than many previous state standards. Students will need to accurately calculate equations, understand concepts not just memorize answers, and accurately select the best mathematical concept or equation to solve real-world problems, while demonstrating why the method or equation they selected is accurate. The new standards make sure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels. Learn More.