"It’s important to understand what the Common Core is not. Most importantly, the Common Core is not a curriculum. CCSSM provides an outline of the mathematics that students should learn—an outline endorsed by 43 states. Equally important, the common core does not prescribe a particular teaching style: effective teachers can have very different styles. To date—and despite what you read or hear—the desired reality of the Common Core has not made its way into even a small minority of American classrooms. What happens in classrooms will depend on the curricula that are developed and adopted, on the high stakes tests that shape instruction (for better or worse), on the capacity of teachers to create classrooms that really teach “to the Core,” and on the coherence or incoherence of the whole effort."
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