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“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

77% percent of teachers think the Common Core sState Standards will have a Positive impact on students

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

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