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September 23, 2009
October 02, 2009
Standards-based reform has long been a policy priority at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. For more than fifteen years, we have rated state-based standards in history, science, English, and math, often repeatedly, as well as a number of national and international standards, assessment frameworks, and (in 2010) the Common Core.
No academic standards are perfect, but some are indisputably better than others. Our job at Fordham is to say which are sheep and which are goats (and which are race horses).
Lately, we’ve found ourselves drawn ever deeper into conversations—often better termed disputes or arguments—about the Common Core State Standards initiative, which our experts rated highly. As a generally right-of-center think tank, we’ve been particularly engaged in explaining why the Common Core—like rigorous standards, generally—are something conservatives should feel positively toward. Here’s a sampler of our recent explanations:
Want more Fordham media coverage on Common Core? Check out “Debunking common anti-Common Core myths, one fact at a time.”