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Common Core's Standards Still Don't Make the Grade

Common Core's Standards Still Don't Make the Grade

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A Pioneer Institute white paper published in July of 2010 written by Sandra Stotsky and Ze've Wurman who explore why California and Massachusetts need to maintain control of their own educational destinies. This compares ELA and Math standards.
A Pioneer Institute white paper published in July of 2010 written by Sandra Stotsky and Ze've Wurman who explore why California and Massachusetts need to maintain control of their own educational destinies. This compares ELA and Math standards.

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No.
65
July2010
by Sandra Stotsky and Ze’ev Wurman
Common Core’s Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade
Why Massachusetts and CaliforniaAcademic Destinies
 A Pioneer Institute White Paper 
Must Re
g
ain Control Over Their
 
Pioneer’s Mission
Founded in 1988, Pioneer Institute is a non-partisan public policy think tank committed to keeping Massachusetts economically competitive and to strengthening the core values of an open society.To inspire market-driven policy reforms, Pioneer promotes individual freedom and responsibility andlimited, accountable government. The Institute has changed the intellectual climate in Massachusettsby commissioning timely and rigorous academic studies from leading scholars. Pioneer injects newideas into the public debate through forums and lectures, transcripts, the media, and outreach tolegislators, business groups and the general public.
Pioneer’s Centers
 
This paper is a publication of Center for School Reform,
which seeks to increase the educationoptions available to parents and students, drive system-wide reform, and ensure accountability in publiceducation. The Center’s work builds on Pioneer’s legacy as a recognized leader in the charter publicschool movement, and as a champion of greater academic rigor in Massachusetts’ elementary andsecondary schools. Current initiatives promote
choice and competition, school-based management,and enhanced academic performance in public schools.
The Center for Economic Opportunity
seeks to keep Massachusetts competitive by promoting ahealthy business climate, transparent regulation, small business creation in urban areas and soundenvironmental and development policy. Current initiatives promote market reforms to
increase the supply of affordable housing 
,
reduce the cost of doing business
, and
revitalize urban areas
.
The Shamie Center for Better Government
seeks limited, accountable government by promoting competitive delivery of public services, elimination of unnecessary regulation, and a focus on coregovernment functions. Current initiatives promote
reform of how the state builds, manages, repairs
and nances its transportation assets as well as public employee benet reform.
Pioneer Institute is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization funded through the donations of individuals, foundations andbusinesses committed to the principles Pioneer espouses. To ensure its independence, Pioneer does not accept government grants.
 
Sandra StotskyZe’ev Wurman
Contents
Executive SummaryI. Introduction 1II. Why the Comparison with California and Massachusetts? 1III. Review of English Language Arts Standards 5IV. Review of Mathematics Standards 17V. Concluding Remarks on English Language Arts Standards 24VI. Concluding Remarks on Mathematics Standards 27VII. Recommendations 27Endnotes 30About the Authors 34Acknowledgments 34Appendix A: The 2010 Review Form for English Language Arts Standards Documents 35Appendix B: Review of Final Draft Core Standards by R. James Milgram.Testimony to the California Academic Content Standards Commission, July 7, 2010 39 
Common Core’s Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade
Why Massachusetts and CaliforniaAcademic DestiniesMust Re
g
ain Control Over Their

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