"Learning to read well and do complicated math should be a shared expectation, not a dicey political dispute. The Common Core standards for what students should know at each grade level — not just the facts, but how to think critically — will help prepare our nation for fierce global competition.
Wisconsin is already spending $23 million to implement new tests tied to the Common Core standards. Walker previously agreed to spend millions so the tests could begin next spring. Educators have spent tens of thousands of hours preparing for the more rigorous benchmarks, adjusting curriculums and teaching methods."