Amid the outcry against increased federal intrusion in daily life comes another telltale sign "Big Brother" government is hitting closer to home for moms and dads: The effort to create nationwide education standards.
Known as "Common Core" (short for Common Core States Standard Initiative), the benchmarks provide a framework for what students should know from Kindergarten through 12th grade. For now, they're focused on English and math, but other efforts to promote national science and social studies guidelines aren't far behind. At least 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted Common Core since the final version was released in June 2010. The federal government wants every state to be using it by the 2014-15 school year. To date, New York and Kentucky have already begun using the standards in their tests.
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