Higher Standards or Not?
Critics of the Common Core State Standards believe that the standards are less rigorous than the current standards in some states and also fail to meet the benchmarks set by some international education systems. However, a study conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in 2010, "The State of State Standards," found that the Common Core State Standards for mathematics were more rigorous than the standards in 39 states. The remaining states had standards in mathematics similar in rigor to the Common Core State Standards. The same report found that only California, Indiana, and the District of Columbia had English language arts standards that were more demanding than the Common Core State Standards.