MOUNT VERNON — Common Core education standards basically came about through a Gates initiative and in collaboration with the National Governors Association. Although implementing the standards was ostensibly voluntarily, states wanting federal Race to the Top money for education were strongly encouraged to adopt those standards as well as the tests that go along with them. In 2010, the State of Ohio adopted Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts for students in kindergarten through grade 12, with full implementation to be in place this school year.


Editor’s note: This is the second of five articles exploring Common Core Standards, what they mean to local school districts, who is trying to change them and why.


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