California Eludes Backlash While Embracing Common Core

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While the Common Core education standards provoked political backlash and testing boycotts around the country this year, California was conspicuously absent from the debate.

Gov. Jerry Brown and California’s elected K-12 schools chief are united in their support of the embattled benchmarks. The heads of the state’s teachers’ unions, universities and business groups are on board, too.

The technical glitches and parent-led opt-out campaigns that roiled the exams’ rollout elsewhere did not surface widely in the state that educates more public school children than any other.

The prevailing equanimity may stem from what the state did not do, Common Core opponents and advocates in California agree: tie student test scores to teacher evaluations.

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