The question of who, exactly, is truly responsible for writing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has been a matter for debate. Here is how the CCSS website (update 03-23-14: link altered on the CCSS website but preserved here) describes CCSS development:
Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.
Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards.[Emphasis added.]
First of all, if the “states” have “laid an excellent foundation of standards,” why does America need CCSS?
Let us relegate the first statement above to flattery meant to disguise the lack of details of CCSS origin on the CCSS website.
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