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EWA/Hechinger Report Common Core Project: Stories From Around the U.S.

The new Common Core State Standards, fully adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, are poised to remake the business of schooling from Massachusetts to California.

The Hechinger Report, in partnership with the Education Writers Association, sent reporters to states around the country to examine the ways that Common Core is shifting how students learn and teachers teach. Those stories, exploring what’s working and what’s not as the standards roll out, are all available on the Hechinger site.

News outlets were free to customize and localize the stories as they saw fit. EWA is collecting links on this page from news outlets who partnered with us to publish the stories, often tailored to their own audiences. Check back for regular updates.

(Last update: March 7, 2014)


Special Project: Can the Common Core State Standards Transform Teaching and Raise Student Achievement? (The Hechinger Report)

What Kentucky Can Teach the Rest of the U.S. About the Common Core (The Atlantic)

How Does Common Core Compare? (The Huffington Post)

Why The Common Core? (The Huffington Post)


With money available for Common Core, California districts study their options(Center for Investigative Reporting)

In California, a fairly easy transition to Common Core (Center for Investigative Reporting)

A tale of two transitions to Common Core education standards (Center for Investigative Reporting)

Common Core education standards offer challenges in training, funding (Los Angeles Daily News)

California more accepting of Common Core education overhaul than other states (Los Angeles Daily News)

How Common Core is changing classrooms in San Diego (KPBS)

Teaching new standards a challenge, even at affluent schools (KPCC- Southern California Public Radio)


New ‘Common Core’ standards rolling out in Colorado schools (Denver Post)

Colorado teachers carry big burden in implementing new standards (Denver Post)

Computer-based testing will replace bubble-in answer sheets (Denver Post)

Ready or not, new standards hit Colorado schools (EdNews Colorado)

Amid budget cuts, school districts struggle to finance new reforms (EdNews Colorado)

As online tests approach, new state exams will provide trial run (EdNews Colorado)


NY teachers excited and worried as Common Core standards launched in full (The Connecticut Mirror)


Common Core standards force Florida teachers to ditch ‘The Great Gatsby’ and other classics

(Florida Center for Investigative Reporting)

How Florida reading lists are changing for new common standards (StateImpact Florida)


Common Core opponents in Louisiana face daunting political battle (The Times-Picayune)

Common questions, with answers, on Common Core education standards (The Times-Picayune)

Implementing Common Core in Louisiana: Pitfalls and progress (The Times-Picayune)

A Common Core dilemma: Will the littlest learners be able to type? (The Times-Picayune)

Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core (The Times-Picayune)

Implementing Common Core left to districts (The Advocate)

Teacher-training schools under pressure to prepare for Common Core (The Advocate)

Another Common Core dilemma: Will littlest learners be able to type? (The Advocate)

New York

Common Core Standards Shake Up Publishing Biz (WNYC)


Common Core dilemma: With a billion to spend, California schools struggle to pick the right teaching materials (The Oregonian)


Set up for failure? New standards, exams highlight school resource needs (Philadelphia Public School Notebook)


(Note: All stories from The Tennessean have been archived and can be found in this PDF)

Common Core standards add writing to the equation (The Tennessean)

TN teachers fear TCAP tests won’t reflect Common Core standards (The Tennessean)

Nashville teacher disputes claim that Common Core is too hard for struggling students (The Tennessean)


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