Report Shows Common Core Standards Would Be an Improvement in Most States

An overriding question concerning adoption of common core state standards has apparently been answered by an education think tank. One recurring question many policymakers have asked has been whether common core state standards, which would create uniform standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics, would be superior to existing state standards.

A report released on July 21 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, The State of Standards and the Common Core in 2010, concludes that only two states (California and Indiana – plus the District of Columbia) currently have ELA standards  that are “clearly superior” to common core ELA standards. The report also concludes that no state has mathematics standards that are clearly superior to the common core state standards. In contrast, common core standards are judged to be superior to existing state standards in both ELA and mathematics in 33 states. In other states, a side-by-side comparison of common core and existing state standards are considered “too close to call.”

A state-by-state breakdown of the data can be accessed at

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to provide a set of clear, concise and rigorous standards that will prepare help ensure that high school graduates are college- and career-ready, regardless of where they live. As of July 27, 27 states have adopted the common core state standards.