Do the Common Core Standards Stack Up to Other Countries?

International benchmarking was one requirement of new Common Core Standards. This has sparked much debate regarding whether or not they are comparable to other countries, or if our educational standards are still falling short compared to other countries, reports U.S. News.

In an early study lead by Andrew Porter, the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s education school, concluded that there was much consistency between the standards of the Common Core and the standards of Finland, New Zealand and Switzerland. While many education researchers have expressed concern about this study, Porter is just one of many who are worried about how the new standards hold up against other countries.

Achieve, a nonprofit organization that has been a proponent for the Common Core, completed an analysis which concluded that the Core’s math standards are not on track with other countries. The Core doesn’t have students complete an Algebra class until high school, which is not consistent with high-achieving countries. Achieve noted that Singapore’s math curriculum was comparable to the new standards; however, the students in Singapore reach a higher level of math proficiency at a quicker rate.

Having more competitive standards was one reason for the new Common Core, with another being more consistency in curriculum between the states. James Milgram, a Stanford University mathematician and member of the Common Core Validation, reports that the new standards are an 85 to 90 percent improvement to already existing state standards.