I suspect one of the reasons conversation about Common Core state standards has gotten so very confusing and inflammatory is because so few articles, commentaries, and discussions ever spell out what standards are, how teachers use them to guide instruction, and why it might be useful to have common standards.

For example, The Washington Post published this entire front-page article on Common Core state standards without ever giving readers an example of a standard. Same with this opinion piece that appeared on At least this front-page article in The New York Times has 48 words that give readers a vague idea what a standard is – but you have to read pretty carefully to notice them among the other 4,800-or so words.

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