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Springing to Life: How Greater Educational Equality Could Grow from the Common Core Mathematics Standards

Abstract

"Despite America's commitment to equal opportunity, the extent to which students are exposed to challenging mathematics content depends not only on which state they live in, but also on the school and classroom to which they are assigned. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics were created to remedy such inequities in learning opportunities. These standards share the coherence, rigor, and focus that characterize instructional frameworks in high-achieving countries, but their success depends on policymakers, parents, educators, and textbook publishers overcoming obstacles to implementation."

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