Common Core Recommended Resources

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Burke, Lindsey. States Must Reject National Education Standards While There Is Still Time. Backgrounder #2680 on Education. The Heritage Foundation, April 16, 2012. Accessed June 14, 2013. http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/04/states-must-reject-national-education-standards-while-there-is-still-time#_ftn1.

McGroarty, Emmett, and Jane Robbins. Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America. A Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project White Paper no. 87. Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project, May 2012. Accessed July 16, 2013. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/controlling-education-from-the-top.

Pullmann, Joy. “‘State-Led’ Common Core Pushed by Federally Funded Nonprofit.” The Heartland Institute, April 24, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2013. http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/04/24/state-led-common-core-pushed-federally-funded-nonprofit.

Scott, Robert. A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K–12 Education. A Pioneer Institute White Paper no. 102, Pioneer Institute, September 2013. Accessed December 13, 2013. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/a-republic-of-republics-how-common-core-undermines-state-and-local-autonomy-over-k-12-education.

Learn about the Academic Problems of the Common Core

Carlsson-Paige, Nancy, and Edward Miller. “A Tough Critique of Common Core on Early Childhood Education.” The Answer Sheet. Washington Post, January 29, 2013. Accessed December 3, 2013. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/29/a-tough-critique-of-common-core-on-early-childhood-education.

“Early Childhood Standards of Common Core Are Developmentally Inappropriate.” American Principles Project, September 18, 2013. Accessed December 3, 2013. http://americanprinciplesproject.org/preserve-innocence/2013/early-childhood-standards-of-common-core-are-developmentally-inappropriate.

“Joint Statement of Early Childhood Health and Education Professionals on the Common Core Standards Initiative.” Alliance for Childhood, March 2, 2010. Accessed December 3, 2013. http://www.edweek.org/media/joint_statement_on_core_standards.pdf.

Milgram, R. James, and Sandra Stotsky. Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM. A Pioneer Institute White Paper no. 103. Pioneer Institute, September 2013. Accessed November 27, 2013. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/lowering-the-bar-how-common-core-math-fails-to-prepare-high-school-students-for-stem.

Stotsky, Sandra, and Ze’ev Wurman. Why Race to the Middle?: First-Class State Standards Are Better Than Third-Class National Standards. A Pioneer Institute White Paper no. 52. Pioneer Institute, February 2010. Accessed December 13, 2013. http://pioneerinstitute.org/education/why-race-to-the-middle-first-class-state-standards-are-better-than-third-class-national-standards.

Learn about the Cost of Implementing the Common Core

AccountabilityWorks. National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core Standards. A Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project White Paper no. 82. Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project, February 2012. Accessed December 3, 2013. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/national-cost-of-aligning-states-and-localities-to-the-common-core-standards.

Murphy, Patrick, and Eliot Regenstein. Putting a Price Tag on the Common Core: How Much Will Smart Implementation Cost? Thomas B. Fordham Institute, May 2012. Accessed July 16, 2013. http://edexcellencemedia.net/publications/2012/20120530-Putting-A-Price-Tag-on-the-Common-Core/20120530-Putting-a-Price-Tag-on-the-Common-Core-FINAL.pdf.

Learn about the Problems with National Standards

Eitel, Robert S., and Kent D. Talbert. The Road to a National Curriculum: The Legal Aspects of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, and Conditional Waivers. A Pioneer Institute White Paper no. 81. Pioneer Institute, February 2012. Accessed July 16, 2013. Accessed July 16, 2013. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/the-road-to-a-national-curriculum.

McCluskey, Neal. Behind the Curtain: Assessing the Case for National Curriculum Standards. Policy Analysis no. 661. Cato Institute, February 17, 2010. Accessed June 11, 2013. http://www.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/pa661.pdf.