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Correcting the record: The Common Core State Standards are one of the most important issues dominating today’s education discussion. This Fact Checker site was created to correct the record on some of the most outrageous myths and ideas about the Standards. Here you will find information about the Standards, our daily update and resources to help you determine what is fact and what is fiction.

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Stars and Stripes, “Common Core Brings Needed Continuity”: Retired Army Maj. Gen. Spider Marks writes the fact too many students graduate from K-12 without the skills to step into college, a career or the military is a matter of national security.

What It Means: CCSS hold great value for military preparedness and military families. By holding all students to rigorous academic expectations, CCSS better ensure students graduate with the skills they need to succeed after high school, including in military service.

Chalkbeat Tennessee, “Common Core in Tennessee Survives First Legislative Challenge”: The sponsors of a bill to remove CCSS in Tennessee said on Wednesday they will go back to the drawing board to avoid another costly transition to new academic standards, the article reports.

What It Means: After nearly two years of targeted attacks, all but one of the 45 states to initially adopt CCSS continue to stick with the Standards.

Wall Street Journal, “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to Parents: Don’t Opt Out of Tests”: On Wednesday Gov. Christie encouraged parents not to opt students out of CCSS-aligned testing.

What It Means: Student assessments are an important tool to give educators and parents an honest snapshot of student progress and to help identify and address learning needs.

Shreveport Times, “Coming Together over Common Core”: Chas Roemer, head of Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), writes agreement among state lawmakers to review and build on CCSS is a rare moment of sanity that shouldn’t be squandered.

What It Means: Roemer’s and other state officials’ calls for an earlier review of the state’s use of CCSS is a practical step to ensure the Standards meet student and teacher needs. Across the country other states have undertaken similar reviews.

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Correcting the Record:

Washington Post, “New Consumer Reports for Common Core Finds Learning Materials Lacking”: A new study by EdReports.org, a non-profit that calls itself the “Consumer Reports” of K-12 textbooks, found most of materials failed to meet its criteria for being aligned to CCSS.

Where They Went Wrong: The EdReport.org study confirms what many schools and teachers have been saying: that publishers are not moving fast enough to truly align materials with CCSS. Yet, it is important to note textbooks do not equate to curriculum, and in states across the country teachers are using the resources they have to continue to teach to the Standards.