Common Core

The Common Core lays out what students should know in English and math and was intended to transform American education. But as the standards have rolled out in more than 40 states, they’ve sparked controversy. Our coverage goes beyond politics to show how the standards are affecting kids and impacting learning. See all our Special Reports

In Texas, new math standards look a whole lot like Common Core

A national trend to overhaul math touches classrooms even in a place where Common Core is illegal

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

Louisville spends more to help a growing population

Kentucky thoroughly sold its educators on Common Core. How?

Three years, 50,000 miles on an old Ford, and 173 school districts to cover: How Kentucky launched the Common Core standards

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

State works to reframe expectations and close the gap

High failure rates spur universities to overhaul math class

It's not Common Core, but reforms were born from the same ideas


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