Read what others are saying about Common Core standards

You’ve read the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s view on the importance of continuing the implementation of Common Core State Standards in Oklahoma schools, a move the state Legislature wisely supported in 2010. Now you can hear from others about them, representing various sectors, both in Oklahoma and around the country:

Here is what others, locally and nationally, are saying about Common Core:


  • “If we aren't as a state satisfied with the academic achievement of our kids — and no one in Oklahoma should be — the standards are a right area of focus. … Schools aren't kicking and screaming to back off the standards; neither should the Legislature.” -- The Oklahoman editorial,  Jan. 5, 2014 (Source
  • “Common Core gives schools the tools to develop programs that teach what pupils need to know in a broad way that includes the humanities along with a foundation in science and math.… It also wisely gives teachers more latitude to craft lessons and units that serve their local communities and the needs of individual students. …Journal Record editorial in January 2014.
  • “Common Core … is a valuable program that deserves the continued support of Oklahoma’s leadership.”-- Tulsa World editorial, May 2013.
  • “We are asking kids to do more, and to dig deeper,” Middletown, Del., teacher Melissa Grieshober said after a class observed by a reporter. “We are teaching them to be lifelong problem solvers.” -- Quoted in a story about Common Core by Philip Elliott, Associated Press.
  • “Although the two of us have disagreed about several school-reform issues, we strongly believe that the Common Core State Standards, voluntarily adopted by 45 states, is one of the most promising education initiatives of the past half century. If implemented properly, they can better prepare students for college- level work and to gain the civic knowledge that is essential for democracy to prosper. All Americans, including conservatives, should applaud these standards, which celebrate the country’s foundational documents and enable students to share the heritage of Americas.” -- Sol Stern and Joel Klein, writing in The Wall Street Journal on May 14, 2013.

    Sol Stern is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal and the author of “Breaking Free: Public School Lessons and the Imperative of School Choice.” Joel Klein is a former chancellor of the New York City public schools, an executive vice president at News Corp., which owns The Wall Street Journal, and CEO of Amplify, the company’s education division.


  • “The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) … simply provide a framework for a rigorous education, a framework that can be filled in by administrators and teachers at the local level. … Perhaps one of the most beneficial improvements the CCSS brings to teaching and learning is that shared standards mean all education professionals can be focused on creating the best materials and resources that can help move students to the next level. …While no one knows the final cost of implementation of the CCSS, dollars will be well spent when students in Oklahoma graduate from high school truly prepared for college and career and ready to compete for jobs in the global economy.”  -- Heather Sparks, an eighth-grade math teacher at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City and was the 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, writing in The Oklahoman’s opinion pages
  • “Oklahoma isn't an island by itself — as citizens and as a state, we must compete with others if we are to provide resources and opportunities for the citizens. Education and innovation, especially in science and technology, are correlated with higher economic productivity and earning power both for individuals and the state as a whole. … To be successful, Oklahoma's education system must be based on clarity about what the students should know and be able to do.”  -- Paul Risser, former chancellor of the state's higher education system and chairman of the University Research Cabinet at the University of Oklahoma, writing in The Oklahoman’s opinion pages in January 2014.


  • "I want to be really clear: Common Core is not a federal program. … It is driven and implemented by those states that choose to participate. It is also not a federal curriculum; in fact, it's not a curriculum at all. Local educators and school districts will still design the best lesson plans, will choose appropriate textbooks, and will drive classroom learning." -- Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, in a speech at the National Governors Association in January and quoted at the Education Week blog.
  • “According to Gallup, 3 billion people are looking for jobs in a world that has only 1.2 billion good jobs to offer. To compete and win on the global stage, our country’s leaders must demand more of ourselves and do our students the favor of demanding more of them.” -- Jack Markell, the governor of Delaware and co-chairman of the Common Core Standards Initiative, writing in The Washington Post in June 2013


  • “At the same time, as a parent, I will be assured quality and consistency in my children's education regardless of where we live. … Common Core is the first effort of this kind in the education system and all schools will be better served during this process of aligning standards. We have seen what states can do when they work together. They share resources and best practices, enabling everyone to come out ahead. When schools are working, our children succeed. That is every parent's ultimate goal and one that we can realize with the Common Core State Standards.” – Eric Hargis, executive director of the National PTA, writing on Education Week blog in May 2012.
  • “The Common Core State Standards represent the single most important step towards raising the achievement bar for America’s students and improving academic performance … (They) create a set of benchmarks that, when implemented successfully, ensure students are prepared for college and future career. The standards seek to ensure that no matter where a child lives —mountainous Colorado, rural Kansas or urban Washington, D.C.  —  he/she will be held to rigorous academic standards, end each school year well-prepared to enter the next grade, and graduate high school with a skill set matching the needs of a 21st century economy .” – Betsy Landers, president of National PTA, writing for on April 25.
  • “As an educator, I am most excited about the potential for collaboration the Common Core State Standards present. No other profession faces the same barriers to collaboration that hinder educators under the current system of disparate standards. The current context creates a chilling effect on teachers' ability to collaboratively plan instructional strategies, create materials, share best practices, and experiment with innovative educational methodologies.

    “Already I have seen efforts among mathematics teachers to develop open-source materials and lessons aligned to the Common Core. When you allow professionals to work together from a common set of blueprints, the innovation that Hassard so values will necessarily take place, helping us reimagine education for the 21st century. It is not publishing companies and business interests who will benefit most from the Common Core, but educators, parents, students, and ultimately our nation.” -- David Musselwhite is the Common Core State Standards Initiative Team Leader for Michigan PTA, writing at Education Week blog.


  • “In order to prepare today’s students for the challenging world they will encounter, it is critical that we set the right expectations. For this reason, we believe states need to have K-12 standards that will prepare all students by the end of high school for success in college and careers,” reads a letter from the business community, including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, circulating in support of these standards.