Kids have vocabulary homework, and this fall parents do, too. Their term? Common Core State Standards. Developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the set of voluntary K-12 education standards for language arts and math was intended to create uniform expectations for U.S. students, but implementation—as of press time, it’s in use in 43 states and D.C.—has proved controversial. Maria Ferguson, director of the Center on Education Policy at GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, sat down with GW Magazine to explain the policy beneath the politics.
The Center on Education Policy (CEP) at The George Washington University has released the first in a series of reports on district implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), based on a national survey of school districts in states that had adopted CCSS when the survey was administered in the spring 2014.