The Common Core Standards, which the State Board of Education unanimously adopted in June 2010, is a set of rigorous, college and career-ready curriculum standards for students that 46 states across the nation already adopted to bring consistency in education.
"The standards will for the first time provide states with clear and consistent educational goals and represent a logical next step in our state's efforts to embrace high learning," said Mike Flanagan, state superintendent of public instruction in Michigan.
According to the initiative, standards will require schools to in mathematics, reading and writing, which Michigan districts are already doing. Beginning in 2014, the Michigan Merit Exam and MEAP will be replaced with standardized evaluations that focus on a student's reading comprehension, ability to form and write logical arguments and apply mathematical ways of thinking to real world issues.
"The idea of common core is to combat that criticism of curriculum, that it’s a mile wide and an inch deep," said Ron Roberts, Chippewa Valley Schools superintendent. "If we can truly reduce the number of skills at any given time that we’re expecting kids to master and have kids dig deeper on that, I'm hopeful that the common core is a good change for us."