In 2009, 48 states as well as the District of Columbia joined together to file for the more common Core State Standards Initiative. Their mission: to produce common academic standards in English and mathematics that would help make sure “all students, where ever they live, are graduating high school graduation ready for college, career, and life.”

It was a laudable goal, one that 10 years of federal mandates had did not accomplish. Tasked because of the government with bringing all students to “proficiency,” most states set undemanding standards, plus the quality of the assessments varied widely. The Council of Chief State School Officers and also the National Governors Association began raise and unify K