“The Common Core requires a higher level of thinking. It makes students individual thinkers with their own strategies and tools.”

—Elementary School Teacher

# IMPACT

Three-quarters (77%) of teachers who teach math and/or English language arts believe the standards will have a positive impact on students’ ability to think critically and use reasoning skills. Only 1% believe the Common Core State Standards will have a negative impact on these skills; 22% do not expect an impact either way or do not know enough to say.

## Teachers’ Views on the Impact the Common Core State Standards Will Have on Students’ Ability to Think Critically and Use Reasoning Skills

##### Base: Teach in a CCSS Adoption State and Teach Math and/or ELA

More than half of teachers (57%) in Common Core states say that the Common Core State Standards will be
positive overall for most students, with only 8% reporting it will be negative. About one-third (35%) of teachers say that the standards will not make much of a difference.

“Every student will be challenged, no matter where or the income – that excites me.”

—Middle School Teacher

## Teachers’ Views on Whether the Common Core State Standards Will Be Positive, Negative
or Will Not Make Much of a Difference for Most Students

##### Base: Teach in a CCSS Adoption State