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Monday, May 26, 2014

Common Core is not a Federal Program

Letter to the Editor

My intention is not to debate the Common Core State Standards Initiative, but to dispel some misinformation being bantered around. There was article in The Sunday Telegraph about a gubernatorial candidate who described Common Core as “a classic federal program.” Not true. The Common Core was not created by the federal government, nor did it mandate its use.

“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics,” The Common Core drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Yes, Federal Government helped to fund the initiative along with contributions from Bill Gates and others. That does not make it a federal program. It seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college or the workforce. ...

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My intention is not to debate the Common Core State Standards Initiative, but to dispel some misinformation being bantered around. There was article in The Sunday Telegraph about a gubernatorial candidate who described Common Core as “a classic federal program.” Not true. The Common Core was not created by the federal government, nor did it mandate its use.

“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics,” The Common Core drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Yes, Federal Government helped to fund the initiative along with contributions from Bill Gates and others. That does not make it a federal program. It seeks to establish consistent educational standards across the states as well as ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college or the workforce.

The Common Core is not a curriculum. It is a clear set of shared goals and expectations for what knowledge and skills will help our students succeed. The curriculum and individual units are being developed locally by Nashua teachers and administration. Teachers will continue to devise lesson plans and tailor instruction to the individual needs of the students in their classrooms.

Steven Haas

Nashua