Governor Jack Markell Warns of Myths About "Common Core"

Mar 11, 2014

Credit common core state standards initiative website

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says supporters of the new Common Core academic standards need to do a better job countering misinformation about the education initiative, which is designed to better prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.

Markell and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas visited a Wilmington school Monday to promote the Common Core standards, saying parents and students must not be fooled by what Markell called misinformation and mythology.

The standards are being implemented in 45 states and the District of Columbia as an effort to make sure students across the country face uniform achievement expectations in math and English.

Markell and Douglas say one key misunderstanding, particularly among conservatives, is that the Common Core standards were developed by the federal government.