Correction: The Common Core was not financed with federal money. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation provided the greatest amount of support for the work. We regret the error.
45 states and the District of Columbia have all agreed to adopt new guidelines called the Common Core State Standards. The “Common Core” spells out what students are expected to learn and includes a list of the types of books kids should be reading.
We went to three schools in the New York City area — using three different reading programs to teach their students how to read — to see if any of their books are up to snuff with the new standards.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
How should we view the emergent standards? Positively or negatively — or a mix of both? Join the discussion!
Peter Dewitz, who wrote basal readers for many years, talks to producer Cat McGrath about the business side of the industry: who’s profiting? How big are the numbers? And most importantly, are basals effective? Listen and join the discussion!
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