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.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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