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Articles on the Common Core

BTSInsightful, hand-picked pieces addressing the Common Core


Where special education students are succeeding under Common Core from the Hechinger Report: Educators struggle to tailor the Common Core curriculum to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities. (July 2016)


English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions from the New York Times: In response to the Common Core’s emphasis on nonfiction, many English teachers are pairing assigned literature with secondary sources, with mixed results. (June 2015)

Cut to the Core: Educators Find Ways to Disrupt the Materials Market at PW: “Beyond the classroom, it’s clear that Common Core developments are roiling the market for educational materials.” (January 2015)


Education Nation 2013: Common Core Teacher Institute at NBC News: Teachers join together to learn about the Common Core and to develop ideas that they can present in the classroom. (January 2014)

Common Core for Schools: Boon? Horror? You Tell Me via the L.A. Times: Karen Klein discovers that people’s issues with the Common Core State Standards might not actually have anything to do with the Common Core State Standards. (February 2014)

The Good News by author Marc Aronson at School Library Journal: “I’m seeing something altogether different from what the news media is reporting.” (February 2014)

Cut to the Core: Digital Products Bring New Hope for Common Core at PW: new educational technology that “not only support the standards but, more importantly, have students excited about learning.” (October 2014)

The Common Core FAQ at NPREd: answers to some of the most common questions about the Common Core. (May 2014)


For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity at PW: “Now is the time for librarians to lead, to reinforce the importance of having a librarian as an information specialist available to support students and teachers.” (February 2013)

Reading Nonfiction for Pleasure | On Common Core from School Library Journal: Non-fiction doesn’t have to be a chore. With Common Core suggesting several titles, it could be time to look at non-fiction as pleasurable reading. (June 2013)

The Common Core and the Common Good by author Charles M. Blow for The New York Times: “The Common Core is for the common good, if only we can get our act together and properly implement it.” (August 2013)

In Push for ‘Common’ Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated via NPR: Questions arise on whether enough is being done to educate parents about what the Common Core really is. (September 2013)

Poll: Majority of Teachers Support Common Core via U.S. News: Though there are concerns about implementation, the majority of teachers agree that the Common Core State Standards are worth supporting. (September 2013)

Publishers Weekly Provides Common Core Toolkit via the CBC: PW aims to prepare students with the necessary materials as they delve into the Common Core. (September 2013)

What Publishers Need to Know Now: The Impact of Common Core Standards via the CBC: Questions rise about how the Common Core could be changing business for publishers. (September 2013)

Common Core and the Miracle of the Reading Brain at the CBC Annual Meeting via the CBC: A discussion takes place on the idea of the benefits outweighing the drawbacks in regards to the Common Core. (September 2013)

Common Core Standards Provoke Heated Debate via the CBC: Publishers Weekly takes a look at the positives and negatives of the Common Core State Standards. (September 2013)

Publishers Respond to Common Core from PW: Publishers are working with educators to ensure that goals are met. (October 2013)

Enhanced “Common Sense for Common Core” Website Provides Information and Resources for Educators and Parents via the CBC: Scholastic looks at ways for parents and educators to familiarize themselves with the Common Core outside of the classroom. (November 2013)


Common Core: It’s Not Happening Without the Librarian via NoveList: An interview with Marc Aronson describes the important role of librarians in implementing the Common Core, and how they can  help students to meet its goals. (September 2012)

On the Radar: Top Picks from the Editors at Junior Library Guild: Graphic Novels and the Common Core from School Library Journal: With the Common Core emphasizing the need to expose students to various texts, graphic novels come into play. (November 2012)

Wondering how to put Common Core into practice? It’s easier than you think at School Library Journal: Finding simple ways to implement Common Core goals. (November 2012)

The Public Library Connection: The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together | On Common Core from School Library Journal: Librarians are vital to the Common Core’s mission. (December 2012)

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