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By 2010, the worldwide ranking of American students had slipped to 29th in math, 22nd in science and 20th in reading. There is great desire to raise the academic performance of our students. Most states have developed tests to evaluate the performances of students and teachers. Those results are then compared with the scores in other parts of the nation to improve learning conditions in the lesser-performing areas. Sometimes tests are used to blame teachers for poor student achievement. Teacher groups cite poor school facilities, crime and insufficient budgets as reasons why all our children are not performing as well as desired. Not surprisingly, a disparity has been found to exist in the quality of an education received by students living in high-income areas compared with their peers from low-income areas. Many administrators believe one reason our student’s performance is slipping is because each state does not teach the same academic material and skills. Their solution has been an initiative called he Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative which was created to establish consistent educational standards across the states. CCSS is a program that prescribes what k-12 students should learn in mathematics and English language arts/literacy by the time they complete each grade. If successful, all students will have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to graduate from high school, succeed in college and perhaps also in life, regardless of where they live. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted CCSS. However, some states wish to set their own academic standards.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.193 - Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act of 2015
H.R.524 - Local Control of Education Act





Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current school teacher policy and wish to defeat H.R.193 - Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act of 2015 and H.R.524 - Local Control of Education Act, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring states to adopt student achievement standards that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation; requiring each state school improvement plan to ensure that the state's public school system enables students to meet those standards by providing them with fair and equitable access to the core resources for learning which include: high-quality instructional teams; rigorous academic standards and curricula that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation; equitable and instructionally appropriate class sizes; up-to-date instructional materials, technology, and supplies; school facilities and technology, including physically and environmentally sound school buildings and well-equipped instructional spaces; specialized instruction support teams providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs, and wish to pass H.R.193 - Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support prohibiting the federal government from directly or indirectly mandating, directing, controlling, incentivizing, or conditioning federal support on a state's, local educational agency's (LEA's), or school's adoption of: the Common Core State Standards, any other academic standards common to a number of states, or any statewide or nationally recognized content standards; or any assessment, instructional content, or curriculum aligned to, or based on, specific academic standards, and wish to pass H.R.524 - Local Control of Education Act, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Joe Wilson (SC), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support requiring states to adopt student achievement standards that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation; requiring each state school improvement plan to ensure that the state's public school system enables students to meet those standards by providing them with fair and equitable access to the core resources for learning which include: high-quality instructional teams; rigorous academic standards and curricula that lead to college and career readiness by high school graduation; equitable and instructionally appropriate class sizes; up-to-date instructional materials, technology, and supplies; school facilities and technology, including physically and environmentally sound school buildings and well-equipped instructional spaces; specialized instruction support teams providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs, and wish to pass H.R.193 - Core Opportunity Resources for Equity and Excellence Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. John Kline (MN) and/or Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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