This academic year marks a critical juncture for the Common Core,
as most states gear up to assess students on the shared standards
for the first time. Are states, districts, and schools ready?
What about states that are reviewing or have rescinded the
standards? How can reporters make sense of it all? There’s no
shortage of compelling angles to pursue in this complex and
fast-evolving story—rendered all the more so by the
political tussles erupting over the new standards and