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Core Questions: Answers to Your Questions About the Common Core

Background

What do you want to know about the new Common Core education standards?

Ohio and 45 other states and the District of Columbia have fully adopted these new academic standards and are putting the curricula and tests that accompany them into place by 2015–and sooner in Ohio and other states.

But many parents are still unclear about how this will affect their children. Many teachers aren’t sure how they’ll teach to the new standards. And many school administrators are struggling with managing all the change.

Send us your questions about these changes. You can email us at ohio@stateimpact.org. You can also send us a message on Twitter or Facebook.

Please tell us if you’re a parent, teacher, principal, policymaker or concerned citizen who cares about how the Common Core will change education in our state. We’ll find answers and share them here at StateImpact Ohio.

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