This section is intended as a growing resource list of helpful information about Common Core Standards. Please click on a section title to open up more information about it.

+The Standards

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Link to Common Core State Standards and more.
North Carolina Common Core State Standards Page
NC DPI page on Common Core Standards
 Instructional Support Tools for Common Core Standards
Support tools for the teaching of Common Core Standards in North Carolina, by grade.  Information is from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

+Perspectives on Common Core Standards and Implementation

North Carolina

60 Questions about Common Core
Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, John Locke Foundation

Common Core State Standards: The Way Forward
Dr. Terry Stoops, Director of Education Studies, John Locke Foundation

Common Core Standards Will Impose an Unproven “One Size Fits All” Curriculum on North Carolina
Dr. Robert Luebke,  Senior  Policy Analyst,  Civitas Institute

Common Core: Worse Than You Think
Dr. Robert Luebke, Senior Policy Analyst, Civitas Institute

North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law Policy Papers on Common Core


Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America
A response to the Shankar Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to
Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards

Controlling Education From the Top:Why Common Core is Bad for America
Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project, Emmett McGroaty and Jane Robbins.

The Road to A National Curriculum: The Legal Aspects of Common Core Standards, Race to the Top and Conditional Waivers
Robert S.Eitel and Kent D. Talbert with contributions from Williamson S. Evers, published by Pioneer Institute, 2012

Common Core Standards An ExampleofData-lessDecisionMaking
Christopher H. Tienken, Ed.D.

National Curriculum Standards: Let’s Think it Over
Christopher H. Tienken, Ed.D. and David Canton

Common Core Standards: An Effective Reform Tool?
William H. Mathis, Ph.D., University of Colorado -Boulder,  July 2010

Common Core State Standards: What  Parents, Taxpayers and School Boards Should Know
Citizens  United for Responsible Education

“Need To Know” Policy Memo: Common Core State Educational Standards
Americans for Prosperity Foundation, 2012

Claims vs. Facts
Keep Education Local

Myths vs Facts
Truth in American Education

Home School Legal Defense Association FAQs
Home School Defense League

The Connection Between Common Core & Data Mining
Joy Pullman

Five People Wrote ‘State-Led’ Common Core
Joy Pullmann

Education Policies Led by Gates, Not States?
Joy Pullmann

How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution
Lindsey Layton (Washington Post)

Amnesty and Common Core: Two Sides of the Same Coin – Part I
Dr. Susan Berry

Amnesty and Common Core: Two Sides of the Same Coin – Part II
Dr. Susan Berry (contains important videos)

Whitepapers/Articles by Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram:

Math Series by Barry Garelick published at The Heartlander Magazine

  1. A Common-Sense Approach to the Common Core Math Standards
  2. A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core, Part II: Third-Grade Fractions
  3. A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core Math, Part III: Drawing Diagrams for Dividing Fractions
  4. A Common-Sense Approach to Common Core Math, Part IV: Making Connections, One Concept at a Time

Michelle Malkin’s Series on Common Core



Common Core Report (scorecard for 2016 GOP presidential candidates but also has important background and history)


+ Pioneer Institute Research for video: Setting the Record Straight on Common Core (see video section)

One-Page Primer on Common Core: Legality

One-Page Primer on Common Core: Cost

One-Page Primer on Common Core: Quality

Lowering the Bar: Common Core Math Fails to Prepare Students for STEM

A Republic of Republics: How Common Core Undermines State and Local Autonomy over K-12 Education

How Common Core’s ELA Standards Place College Readiness at Risk

National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to Common Core

The Road to a National Curriculum

Controlling Education from the Top

Why Race to the Middle?

Fair to Middling: A National Standards Progress Report

The Emperor’s New Clothes

National Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade

Common Core English and Math Standards Not Properly Validated

Cogs in the Machine

Study Finds Common Core Math Standards Will Reduce Enrollment in High-Level High School Math Courses, Dumb Down College Stem Curriculum

Study: Common Core ELA Standards Will Further Harm U.S. History Instruction

We Now Have a Smart Exit Strategy from Common Core

Doubling Down on Doublespeak

Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH)

The New AP History:A Preliminary Report by Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars

AP U.S. History – How Low Will They Go?

Reviews of the Standards

+The Cost of Implementing Common Core

Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project White Paper (2012)

National Standards Cost Handout
Pioneer Institute

Common Core Funding
North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law Paper How Much Will It Cost?

How Well Do State Education Departments Report Public School Spending
(NC graded F) Cato Institute

+Videos  and audio about Common Core and AP US History

Building the Machine (documentary) and BUILDING THE MACHINE: Parent Interviews Released
Common Core Movie by Home School Legal Defense Association

Washington’s Latest Education Overreach: National Standards for Schools
Heritage Foundation

Six Part Video Series from History of the Common Core to Take Action
Freedomworks – Common Core Fails
Dr. Sandra Stotsky discusses Common Core

5 short videos narrated by Jane Robbins of the American Principles Project
A good place to start if you are new to Common Core

Nevada Teacher’s Presentation on Common Core
John Eppolito

Notre Dame Common Core Conference 23 videos including Drs. Sandra Stotsky, James Milgram, Megan Koshcnick, parents Heather Crosin and Erin Tuttle and other national speakers

Dr. Terrence Moore Testimony on ELA Standards

“Story-Killers: How the Common Core Destroys Minds and Souls”
Lecture by Dr. Terrence Moore at Hillsdale College
Video: Setting the Record Straight on Common Core Part 1
Video: Setting the Record Straight on Common Core Part 2
Pioneer Institute
Dr. Sandra Stotsky challenges Jason Zimba on College Readiness definition

Conference call on Common Core July 10th, 2013 sponsored by Concerned Women for America, presenters on the call:

  • Joy Pullmann, Heartland Institute
  • Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Common Core Validation Committee Member
  • Richard Innes, Bluegrass Institute
  • Listen to the hour long call by dialing 760-569-7699 access code 303989 followed by #



Conference call August 4th, 2014 sponsored by Concerned Women for America and American Principles Project to discuss new AP US History Framework / Exam, Panel included:

  • Larry Krieger- Teacher of SAT classes for over 20 years and AP classes for over 35 years, specializing in AP U. S. History (APUSH).
  • Ken Mercer, Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member who has been working aggressively to delay the rollout of the new APUSH Framework.
  • Jane Robbins- Attorney and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project in Washington, D.C.

Listen to the hour long call – Instructions: Call the number below and then enter the access code and reference number.
Playback number: 530-881-1099
Access Code: 632867#
Reference number: 1#

Click here to listen in MP3 format

Podcast discussing legal challenges (Louisiana) Coming Soon to a School Near You?: Common Core – Podcast
Civil Rights Practice Group Podcast Featuring Jimmy R. Faircloth, D. John SauerJanuary 12, 2015
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

+Presentations and U.S. Dept of Education / RttT Documentation

Department of Education Overview Information; RttT Fund Assessment Program

+General Assembly Education Committees

House Standing Committee
Senate Standing Committee

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee (Look up contact information and confirm current members  here)

House Study Committee on Education Innovation (2013)
(Year of the Legislative Research Committee on Common Core)
House Standing Committee

+State Board of Education, Academic Standards Review Commission and Other Key Contacts

Governor Pat McCrory 919-814-2000

Lt. Governor Dan Forest 919-733-7350

Superintendent of Public Instruction; CCSSO President June Atkinson 919-807-3445
View all StopCommonCoreNC articles on the Academic Standards Review Commission here.
(email addresses are not available for all members)
Jeannie Metcalf (Co-Chair)
Andre Peek (Co-Chair )
William Cobey*
Dr. Olivia Oxendine*
Sara “Katie” Lemons, English Teacher
Dr. Jeffrey Isenhour, Middle School Principal
Tammy Covil, New Hanover County Board of Education
Sharmel “Denise” Watts, Project Lift
Dr. John Scheick, Retired Professor
Laurie McCollum, Assistant Principal
Ann Clark, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, CMS

* indicates State Board of Education member on ASRC

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