States Unveil 'Common Core State Standards' for Public Schools

States may have just a few months to decide whether or not to adopt the common standards – the "Race To The Top" requires states to act on this by August 2. Several states, including Kentucky, Hawaii, Maryland and West Virginia have tentatively adopted the standards based on earlier drafts. Others, like Virginia, have said they prefer to keep their own standards.

"I cannot support setting aside the proven Virginia Standards of Learning program, nor commit to adopt these common core standards that have not been completed, implemented, or fully evaluated," Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell wrote in a letter last week to Education Secretary Duncan.

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