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Common Core History Clearly Documented

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August 29, 2013

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Common Core History Clearly Documented

As the deadline for Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation approaches, more questions are being asked about the development and requirements of the Standards. The Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) has produced a publication titled "Common Core State Standards 101," which may be the best documentation of the CCSS movement and what the standards do. It also directly addresses some of the false criticism the CCSS have received.

This document can be used to answer your own or others' questions about the CCSS. Some mischaracterizations of the Standards have appeared in blogs and other media as opponents are working to oppose the CCSS. It's important to know the facts.

ACTE became an endorsing partner of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 2009. We signed on because, even though the Common Core State Standards are focused on English language arts and mathematics, a foundation of academic knowledge and the ability to apply that knowledge is critical for career readiness. The fact that CCSS was and remains a state-led movement emphasizing "real world" application has been an important part of our support along the way.

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