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Kentucky Department of Education, “Kentucky Core Academic Standards Challenge”: Data from the Kentucky Department of Education indicate that individuals across the state strongly support the state’s Common Core-based education standards. Last year, officials launched an online platform for anyone in the state to review the standards and provide feedback. Eighty-eight percent of respondents gave the standards a “thumbs up” rating and did not indicate any changes were needed.

What It Means: The online review underscores the public commitment to rigorous education standards that fully prepare students for college or a career. Kentucky, the first state to adopt and begin fully teaching to the Common Core, has experienced some of the biggest academic improvements in the country over the past three years.

Inside Sources, “Why Common Core Won’t Cost Jeb the Nomination”: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has drawn criticism from other Republican presidential candidates for his support for the Common Core, with opponents saying the standards are a losing issue with conservative voters, but “all the candidates, campaign strategists, and pundits appear to be wrong.” New dial session testing conducted by Maslansky + Partners found Republican voters like what Gov. Bush has to say about the Common Core.

What It Means: While the Common Core has been a rallying cry among a small segment of the far-right, most conservative voters strongly support high education standards and increased accountability for schools. The Maslansky + Partners polling reinforces evidence suggesting that for candidates who are able to articulate the value of rigorous, comparable education standards, the Common Core is not a political liability but an asset.

Center for American Progress, “Gov. Chris Christie’s Most Outrageous Flip-Flops”: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to formally launch a presidential campaign today. Noting the Governor’s emphasis on principled leadership – in the past he has said, “The fact is you don’t have to change your positions…People have to be authentic,” and that candidates should “believe in what they say and don’t change depending on what state they’re in” – the column highlights several issues on which Gov. Christie has changed his position.

What It Means: As the Collaborative’s Karen Nussle wrote earlier this month, Gov. Christie’s reversal on the Common Core amounts to a “toothless” political calculation that very well may backfire. “Gov. Christie’s reversal sends a mixed signal to teachers, students and parents…Gov. Christie now holds a nuanced position: opposing the phrase ‘Common Core,’ but endorsing Common Core-aligned tests, all while launching an unoriginal review that will likely result in a reaffirmation of the existing standards.”

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Education Week, “Ohio Poised to Ditch PARCC Test in Budget Sent to Gov. Kasich”: The biennial budget bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Kasich, HB 64, would prohibit Ohio from purchasing PARCC exams, which the state administered for the first time this year. Gov. Kasich has defended the Common Core, but he isn’t expected to use a line-item veto to eliminate the provision that would defund the PARCC assessments, the article reports.

Where They Went Wrong: Assessments are one of the strongest tools parents and educators have to measure student development and to identify and address learning needs. Assessments like PARCC give states the ability to compare how well their students are doing to others across the country, which provides a mechanism to hold schools accountable for student achievement.