Welcome to the Common Core Fact Checker

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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Teach Plus, “Massachusetts Teachers Examine PARCC”: Through a “Test the Test” event last fall, which brought together teachers from Massachusetts, Illinois, Tennessee and DC to evaluate PARCC assessments, Teach Plus compiled a comprehensive analysis of teachers’ perceptions of the new exams.

What It Means: The findings add to the body of evidence that indicates educators continue to strongly support CCSS and high-quality assessments that support them.

Fordham Institute’s Common Core Watch Blog, “Not Meeting Standards: A Warning Light, Not a Death Sentence”: Many critics who “continue to peddle the notion that the Common Core is developmentally inappropriate” misunderstand the Standards’ aspirational nature, writes Fordham Institute’s Mike Petrilli.

What It Means: CCSS lay out a course for learning the skills students need to step into college-level work or a career. If a child falls short of those benchmarks, it doesn’t mean they are failing, but rather provides parents and teachers guidance to identify and address learning needs.

Knoxville News, “Compromise on Academic Standards Wise”: Tennessee students and teachers emerged as the winners last week when State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey announced a plan to retain the CCSS, the editorial board writes.

What It Means: The compromise in Tennessee will ensure that teachers and students are not put at a disadvantage by having to revert to old, inferior standards.

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Correcting the Record:

Times Picayune, “Vitter Amendment Would Block Federal Government from Forcing States to Adopt Common Core”: On Wednesday, Sen. David Vitter introduced legislation that would bar the federal government from pressuring states to adopt CCSS.

Where They Went Wrong: CCSS were developed and voluntarily adopted by states, and remain a state-led initiative. After Sen. Ted Cruz made a similar statement about “repealing the Common Core,” media outlets were quick to clarify that there is nothing to repeal at the federal level.