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Common Core 101

The who, what, when, where, and how of the new national education standards - and what they mean for your child.

Can Common Core fix this problem?

The standards are supposed to prepare kids for college. See where the U.S. stands now.

Common Core: What's hot vs. what's not

The new Common Core Standards are shifting priorities at schools across the land. Get the lowdown on what's in — and out. (Hint: See you later, calculator.)

4 ways to advocate for your LD child under Common Core

LD expert Ben Foss on what parents need to know to prepare for the new education standards.

What are the Common Core State Standards?

Find out how the new academic guidelines will change what your child is learning.

RIP cursive: keyboarding is king

Under Common Core, the standards around writing tools have changed dramatically. What will it mean for your child's education?

Read like a detective, write like an investigative reporter

New education standards are turning kids into sleuths -- every day in every subject.

Your kindergartner and writing under the Common Core Standards

Writing goes from zero to 60 in kindergarten, from tracing the ABCs and culminating in higher level thinking skills like forming, organizing, and expressing complete thoughts.

Your kindergartner’s reading under the Common Core Standards

Reading is all about developing knowledge, which is something kindergartners do all year long – even while they’re learning their ABCs.

Your first grader and writing under the Common Core Standards

From high-frequency words to full paragraphs with introductions, details, and conclusions, first graders learn how to organize and present their thoughts in writing.