The 2017 update of Massachusetts’ English and math K-12 academic standards represents further deterioration in English, while the math standards are essentially unchanged from the 2010 version, according to the first independent evaluation of the newly revised standards. The 2010 standards, which were based on Common Core, led to declining scores on national tests in both English and math.
About Mark Bauerlein
Mark Bauerlein, is professor of English at Emory University since 1989 and former director of the office of research and analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. He has a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, and is the author of numerous books, including The Digital Divide and The Dumbest Generation.
Far from contradicting Common Core, these actions follow its injunction that, apart from “certain critical content for all students, including: classic myths and stories from around the world, America’s Founding Documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare . . . the remaining crucial decisions about what content should be taught are left to state and local determination.”