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Study: Only ‘Those Who Set Directions For Common Core Have Benefited’

Americans were told that the Common Core standards would close the achievement gap between white and minority students and make U.S. students “college and career ready.” Yet, a new study validates what grassroots parent groups have known all along: the federally funded program, which most states lapped up for a quick infusion of federal cash, has bombed.

State Membership in Common Core Test Consortia Down By 62 Percent

In 2010, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) indicated they had gathered 26 and 32 member states, respectively. But, by the start of 2016, 38 states had left one or both consortia, reports pro-Common Core Education Next.

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Textbook Executive Loves Common Core ‘Rebrands’: ‘I Can Sell a Sh** Ton of Training Around Whatever You Call It’

In the second Common Core undercover video by Project Veritas, an account executive at textbook publisher Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt demonstrates why Common Core “rebrands,” whereby states claim to “repeal” the Common Core standards to appease citizens, but then simply replace them with the same or very similar standards with a local flavor name, are very profitable for publishers.

Past Common Core Defender Chris Christie ‘Shifts’ Position on Standards

The Associated Press aptly defined Republican 2016 contender Gov. Chris Christie’s position on Common Core as “shifting,” a description that could easily be applied to many Republican governors who signed their states on to the standards only to be met by irate parents and teachers once it was discovered what Common Core was all about.

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Conservative Victory on AP US History Framework? Not So Fast

Last week, Danniel Henninger, deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, cited recent changes the College Board made to the Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) framework as a “victory” for conservatives. Experts on the framework, however, think that is quite a stretch.

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Activists Say Common Core Review Process Restricts Parents

“The Review Portal is too difficult for the average parent without an educator’s assistance since there is so much jargon, redundancy, and education speak,” Louisiana parent activist Caryn Jenkins tells Breitbart News. “Asking a parent to understand what a large percentage of the standards mean is like asking a teacher to understand physician orders in a medical chart. Jenkins said many parents are intimidated by having to review education standards, and the time required to participate in the review process is equally daunting.

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Common Core Support Plummets…Again

The annual Education Next poll on school reform has been released, and the results are not good for the Common Core initiative, which seems to abide by the philosophy that the more Americans know about it, the more they do not like it.

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Walker Defunds Smarter Balanced Test, But Replacement Exam Also Aligned With Common Core

Walker, a likely 2016 contender, has recently affirmed what has been true of Wisconsin school districts all along – that they can choose their own standards. To his credit, he has also proposed defunding the Smarter Balanced test, a product of one of the federally funded, interstate Common Core test consortia. Grassroots parents groups, however, say Walker’s proposed new state exam – called the “Badger Exam,” is also aligned with the Common Core standards.

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Christie’s ‘U-Turn’ on Common Core Draws Doubts From Grassroots

Christie said he signed his state’s Race to the Top application for federal funds in exchange for adopting the Common Core standards because his state needed the money, an admission many other governors are likely hesitant to make in light of the huge outcry from parents across the country against the standards and their associated testing and data collection.