When Common Core standards were initially written and adopted, one of the major advantages for publishers and educational content developers was that, with a single textbook or content series, they could address language arts or math concepts needed by every state and significantly reduce the amount of customization they needed to do to make their product viable in their preferred market. One single correlation document could give content providers access to school districts across a wide range of the United States.
Common Core became politically controversial, and a number of states that had initially chosen to adopt the Common Core standards publicly backed off from them. But, despite this – and the occasional example of poor implementation – many people with expertise in mathematics and language arts teaching recognized that the standards themselves codified almost a decade's worth of research and improvement, and were a significant advancement over the patchwork of state standards that varied wildly in breadth, granularity, and specificity. As a result, many states were reluctant to rewrite their standards from scratch. Those states chose a variety of approaches. Some stuck with Common Core despite the controversy; others took Common Core as a base, but made some revisions to address particular concerns. Many states chose to retain the substance of the Common Core standards but to rename them or downplay the connection, allowing them to say that "These are not Common Core" even though the standards are often quite similar.
We routinely monitor state standards as part of our services to clients who are in an Annual Maintenance Fee contract, and in response to a number of questions we have received about the status of Common Core and their applicability to particular states we have prepared a summary on the Common Core State-by-State page and an overview on the Common Core Map page. We will continue to update these resources as states revise their standards. We hope these help clarify the situation, and if you have further questions we'd be glad to hear from you.
By: Michael Walpole