Core Explored

Explore Common Core's Winners & Losers

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Delayed Math

Common Core will delay Algebra I until 10th grade, bypassing a presidential panel's recommendation that it be studied in eighth grade.

Literature Loser

Common Core will reduce the classic literature that Massachusetts students will read by 60 percent, to make room for more informational texts (non-fiction).

Government Overreach

Common Core was developed by a group of Washington, D.C. education trade organizations and imposed on the states by the federal government through the Obama administration’s Race to the Top (RttT) initiative.

Excess Spending

The Obama administration’s Race to the Top (RttT) initiative gave out more than $4 billion in federal grants, in addition to spending more than $360 million to fund two consortia that have developed national Common Core-based assessments.

Huge Costs

Aligning state and local educational systems to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math will cost the states that have adopted them nearly $16 billion over seven years.

State Resistance

The Common Core-aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a testing consortia originally boasting 25 participating states and DC, now has at most 7 states and DC.

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Drilling Through the Core

Why Common Core is Bad for American Education

Drilling Through The CORE by the Pioneer Institute
The National Debate

Pioneer Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the ongoing debate over national academic standards known as Common Core.

Independent Research

One of the only independent sources of information on the topic, Pioneer's new book offers peer-reviewed research not funded by those with a pre-determined view of Common Core.

Reviewing the Standards

The book examines Common Core's mathematics and English standards and their impact on students' college readiness.

Cost and Legal Implications

Drilling through the Core details the price tag of full Common Core implementation, and examines the constitutionally-questionable process by which states adopted the standards.