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Common Core

Sep 3, 2013 6:42am

Can you explain why data mining of students is imbedded into the core?
Also, it's been documented that several experts say Core prepares students for a two year degree beyond high school. Can you explain how that is more rigorous than current standards?

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    • Sep 4, 2013 4:42am

      The Common Core State Standards are a set of outcome expectations grounded in evidence for what students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful college and careers. Data mining is an issue separate and apart from these standards.

      Regarding the documentation for preparation for a two year degree, I believe I am aware of the comments to which you are referring and in both instances the comments were taken out of context.

      There are a lot of conspiracy theories floating around about these Standards. I would advise you to consider sources and motivations of all parties involved in this state-led effort to improve the achievement of students.

      Finally, because these are standards, they are not a limit or ceiling for what students can learn. They represent what all students need. They are intended to communicate a prioritization for how we spend our limited time and energy in schools.