Common Core will help charters & elearning

National Journal‘s question this week is on the common core.  A number of commentators address the standards themselves.  My response points to the benefits for charter networks and content developers.

National standards will end the unintended race-to-the-bottom which disproportionately impacts college and career preparation for low income and minority students.  They will also ease expansion of high quality charter school operators and provide investment incentive for digital content development. Specifically, a common core will allow development of a library of open and proprietary learning objects with smart recommendation engines supported by aligned student, teacher, and school supports–perhaps several version each supported by philanthropic and venture capital.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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