The Common Core State Standards are a set of education standards approved by the National Governor's Association. Currently, Oregon is continuing the path towards using these standards. However, across the country, the creation and implementation of these standards are constantly being questioned and challenged for various reasons. Oregon SOS is opposed to these standards. See our white paper here on why.
Why the CCSS are not good for our younger students by Valerie Strauss: "6 Reasons to Reject Common Core K-3 Standards--and 6 rules to Guide Policy."
Anthony Cody has written several articles as of late that reviews concerns about Common Core State Standards. They are all encapsulated in his 2013 review article, "The Year the Common Core Began to Unravel."
An excellent article by Rethinking Schools that gets to the heart as to why CCSS are taking our public education in the wrong direction much like NCLB.
Concerns about who really benefits from the SBAC (Smarter Balanced tests for Common Core Assessment) and has samples of the test to evaluate: http://www.susanohanian.org/core.php?id=503
A New York principal expresses concerns with what has become of Common Core in this article, "I was Naive About Common Core, March 4, 2013
More reasons to be concerned with Common Core in this follow up article , A Storm of Reform, principal details damage done," by a principal in New York, March 11, 2013
Diane Ravitch comes out to NOT support Common Core, Feb. 26th, 2013. There are a great list of reasons why from how it affects teaching to how it actually came to be adopted in a non-democratic manner.
Two moms in Indiana start to question the need, expense, and purpoe of Common Core State Standards. Feb. 26, 2013
Trends are showing states want to hit the pause button on Common Core due to cost to implement. Feb. 26, 2013
In this article, Eight Problems With Common Core Standards, Marion Brady, a longtime educator and administrator, lists reasons why we should be concerned with the CCSS:
Common Core concerns are not just a one-part issue:
In this article by Diane Ravitch, dated Feb. 7th, 2013:
"The politics of the Common Core are interesting indeed. And they will become even more interesting in the next few years as states are required to come up with the money for implementation, new technology, new materials, and professional development."
Dr. Yong Zhao, in Five Questions to Ask About the Common Core dated Jan. 2, 2013, also notes why we should be concerned about Common Core State Standards
Linday Burke of the Heritage Foundation writes Feb. 18th, 2011, "National Education Standards and Tests: Big Expense, Little Value," about how local control is a concern as well as expensive to implement.
In this article by Joanne Yatvin, "Choking on the Common Core Standards." Joanne outlines problems with the Common Core Standards. Joanne is a longtime public school educator, author and past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and a member of Oregon Save Our Schools. She teaches part-time at Portland State University and is writing a book on good teaching in high poverty schools.