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Do You Know What The Common Core Is? Most Don’t

Opponents of the Common Core, a set of nationally-crafted academic standards, rallied at the statehouse Wednesday before a Senate Education Committee hearing.

A recently released Gallup poll indicates only a third of Americans have heard of a new set of academic standards known as the Common Core, even though Indiana lawmakers are in the process of debating the standards.

The poll also shows that many of those who know about the Common Core don’t know much about the actual standards.

Indiana adopted the Common Core in 2010. But state lawmakers voted this spring to pause implementation of the new standards pending a formal review.

Stand For Children spokesman Jay Kenworthy says that makes Hoosiers more aware of the Common Core than their national counterparts.

A Bellwether Research poll conducted in Indiana showed just over 50 percent of Hoosiers believe the state should move forward with the Common Core, but he says proponents could be more vocal in their support of the standards.

“Education  organizations, and business leaders, and higher education leaders who are out there supporting Common Core just need to be out there in public, ahead of this, dispelling myths, talking to parents and concerned members of the community,” Kenworthy says.

Indianapolis parent Heather Crossin is co-founder of Hoosiers Against Common Core. She says if more people knew about the new standards, she believes they would oppose the Common Core.

“I think we’d see a bigger backlash than we’ve seen already,” she says. “I think most people who look into the Common Core are finding that, for various reasons, they don’t like what they see.”

Crossin and other opponents say Indiana had strong standards before and doesn’t need the Common Core to increase rigor. The new standards are intended to prepare more students for college and career.

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