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The 2012 Brown Center Report on American Education: How Well Are American Students Learning?

Tom Loveless –
February 16, 2012

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is unlikely to improve academic outcomes, concludes a new report from the Brookings Institution.

The Core, a set of grade-level requirements for what students should know in math and language arts, was adopted by 45 states under pressure from the Obama administration. The report estimates the proposed standards will have “little to no impact on student learning.”

It compares state standards before adopting the Core to the success of those states’ students on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and finds that more rigorous standards did not correlate with better test scores.

The report also argues there is no reason to expect the Core can shrink the current academic gaps between states.