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The Past, Present and Future of Common Core Part 1

The Past of Common Core: A Timeline (Watch part two here)

Education policy is taking top priority in state legislatures across the nation. Education funding formulas, opportunity scholarships, educational savings accounts and charter school reforms are just a few of the policy issues being discussed and debated. However, while all of these policy issues are imperative to the advancement of educational freedom, the Common Core State Standard Initiative (CCSSI) is quickly becoming the top concern for state legislators.

In January, The Task Force on Education at the American Legislative Exchange Council provided its members the opportunity to attend a three part series on CCSSI- ‘The Past, Present and Future of Common Core.’ The webinars were designed to serve as informational forum to learn more about common core in a neutral environment.

The first installment, seen in the video above, was presented by Mike Petrilli from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Neal McCluskey from the Cato Institute and moderated by Jonathan Butcher from the Goldwater Institute.

Part one focused on the history of the common core. It provided a timeline starting in 2002 with the passing of No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The discussion continued through 2010 and 2013 when states started undergoing their individual processes for reviewing, adopting and ratifying the adoption of the CCSSI. The timeline conlcuded in June of 2014 with 43 states, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Washington D.C., Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands adoption of CCSSI in literacy and math.

Watch Part 2 here.

Watch Part 3 here.


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