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The Lost Opportunity of the Common Core State Standards

As currently used, the Common Core will almost certainly exacerbate the policy failures of the past decade. The focus is on accountability, not on providing supports and resources to students and their teachers. This linking of Common Core to accountability regimes is a feature, not a bug -- it is what was intended from the outset. When politicians opt for accountability policies and market-based privatization policies, they supersede policies that are grounded in best practices -- evidence-based reforms that have succeeded in enhancing opportunities to learn.

Read the article by Kevin G. Welner in the April 2014 edition of the Phi Delta Kappan: