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Longitudinal Study

Nearly a decade later, did the Common Core work? New research offers clues

A 2008 report offered a dire warning: U.S. schools were falling behind their international peers. Its prescription: states should “adopt a common core of internationally benchmarked standards in math and language arts.”

The idea of the Common Core would soon gain steam. Thanks to interest from state leaders and financial incentives offered by the federal government and private philanthropies, most states adopted new academic standards over the next few years. That would soon mean new tests, new textbooks, and new teaching methods — and in many places, backlash to those changes.

Lessons Learned on Standards Implementation from State and District Leaders

Assessing the Impact of College- and Career-Ready Standards: Findings, Challenges, and Future Directions

Mapping Standards