This book tells the story of the unfolding political drama around the making of the Common Core State Standards for math and English language arts, adopted by forty-three states and the District of Columbia—over a six-month period in 2010—after decades of similar proposals had gone down in flames.
As a senior fellow at a major organization promoting the Common Core, education writer Bob Rothman gives the reader a bird’s-eye view of this saga and brings the major players alive with detailed, behind-the-scenes anecdotes. He describes the developments leading up to the historic agreement, comparing them to earlier efforts. He also explains the content of the standards in depth, explores the steps being taken to implement them, and examines how the assessment consortia plan to measure student performance against the standards.
The book is a must-have reference work for researchers, practitioners, school leaders, policy makers, and anyone interested in contemporary education policy and reform.
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