Awareness Is Key to Success of Common Core Standards

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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Common Core State Standards are taking root in public schools across the country, impacting more than 42 million K-12 students and 2.7 million teachers—but outside the education sphere, many people have no idea what the standards entail.

In fact, 60 percent of registered voters surveyed said they know nothing about the new academic standards, according to a poll released last week by Achieve, an education nonprofit.

Teachers are better informed on the standards, with 65 percent saying they know a lot, up from an August 2011 survey where fewer than half of the teachers surveyed said they were well versed on the standards, according to the poll. While only 1,000 registered voters and 500 K-12 teachers were surveyed for the poll, the results are nationally representative, says Chad Colby, communications director at Achieve.


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