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Can High Standards and Accountability Co-Exist? Lessons From the Common Core Assessment Consortia

Education Next – Ashley Jochim and Patrick McGuinn

“The Common Core State Standards Initiative was designed to solve a problem that has plagued past standard-setting efforts. Many states responded to earlier efforts by watering down their standards for learning and lowering expectations for students in an attempt to artificially boost the number of students that reached proficiency. By creating a set of common expectations across states, the designers of the Common Core sought to protect the initiative from the inevitable political pressures that might lead policymakers to weaken the standards or the aligned assessments.”(more)

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