Resources for Policymakers and Business Leaders
Business leaders need a a globally competitive workforce to tackle the challenges of a more globally integrated economy. That’s why business leaders like the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable support Common Core standards — they know that higher standards will make graduates college- and career-ready.
State lawmakers support Common Core because it is a state-led effort to raise education standards for kids in their states and across the country. Policymakers know that the combination of higher standards and local control over curriculum is a recipe for graduates that are better prepared for either college or careers.
An Idaho business community comprised of more than 30 diverse stakeholders strongly endorsed the Common Core State Standards and formed a coalition called Idahoans for Excellence in Education to support high standards. This case study from Idaho illustrates how teamwork, transparency, and inclusion can mitigate concerns from critics of high, consistent standards like the Common Core.
The Center for American Progress released an issue brief exploring how Common Core 'controversy' has been driven by politics more than a backlash against higher standards. Read the full report online, or in PDF.
Higher Ed for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders from across the country who believe that college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core State Standards, are critical to improving student success in K-12 and beyond.
The Fordham Institute looks into what reading assignments English teachers are using, and what techniques they are bringing to the classroom. This is a baseline study, with another study slated for 2015.
Achieve identifies the key areas that state policymakers will need to consider to implement the Common Core standards with fidelity in this publication.
Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education’s Criteria for High Quality Assessment report is intended to support assessment developers and policymakers as they work to create and adopt assessments that promote deeper learning of 21st century skills.
While support for Common Core runs through all political spectrums, the Foundation for Excellence in Education created Conservatives for Higher Standards to lay out the conservative arguments in favor of Common Core, and demonstrate the strong support for the higher standards among Republican leaders, such as Gov. Christie and former Govs. Bush and Huckabee.