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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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News You Can Use:

Business Roundtable, “Staying the Course on Higher State Standards”: A recent article in the Wall Street Journal has been heralded by opponents as evidence Common Core Standards are on the ropes, but the premise is hardly accurate, writes John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan.

What It Means: For years, opponents have trumpeted that a momentum was building that would spark a mass exodus away from Common Core Standards, but after five years states overwhelmingly continue to refine and build on the framework to establish high, consistent academic expectations for students—exactly as the Common Core was designed.

Grand Forks Herald, Give Common Core Time to Close the ‘Honesty Gap’”: For the first time in a long time, North Dakota education officials are addressing the state’s academic problems “head-on” and speaking honestly about the challenges, writes editor Tom Dennis.

What It Means: For a long time states inflated measures of student readiness by lowering the academic bar, a reality brought to light by the Honesty Gap analysis. Fortunately, most states have begun to address the problem by implementing high, consistent education standards and honest assessments.

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Correcting the Record:

Las Vegas Review Journal, “Common Core: Totally Unprepared, Full Speed Ahead”: Glenn Cook, senior editorial writer for the paper, acknowledges that Common Core State Standards are “not a federal curriculum” and “subject to state and local control,” but says schools are “clearly not prepared” to implement the standards.

Where They Went Wrong: Cook’s analysis ignores educators’ ongoing work to develop material and curricula aligned to Common Core State Standards. A study last fall found that in roughly two-thirds of districts in Common Core states, teachers have developed or are developing their own curricular materials in math and English Language Arts.

The Saratogian, “Region’s Catholic Schools Step Back from Common Core”: At an October 2 news conference, officials from the diocesan Catholic Schools Office in Albany, NY, announced Catholic schools in the region will “step back” from using assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Where They Went Wrong: The article suggests that New York’s Catholic schools have stepped back from the Common Core, but in fact school officials reiterated the strength of the standards. In reality, the schools have decided to utilize the current state exams as a form of grade span testing and move toward the Iowa Test of Basic Skills for all students on a yearly basis.