LOST IN the hysteria being whipped up about Common Core standards is that the movement to infuse new rigor in schools started at the state level. Governors and state education officials, alarmed that U.S. students were being outpaced globally, banded together to develop clear and consistent standards. This sensible and badly needed reform should not be derailed by misguided and misinformed opposition.
Efforts to block the Common Core standards are cropping up in state houses across the country. They are being fueled in part, The Post’s Peter Wallsten and Lyndsey Layton recently reported, by tea party activists who frame the issue as one of improper federal intrusion into states’ responsibility for education. The standards don’t dictate curriculum; rather, they lay out the math, reading and writing skills that students should master from kindergarten through 12th grade. They are the product of a bipartisan effort, led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, that dates back five years and that relied on research from experts and input from teachers. It was a transparent and much publicized endeavor.