Common Core Standards Initiative

What is Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) is an initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It is called the Iowa Core in our state. It seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. It seeks to ensure that children in each state in both under- and over-performing schools, are learning the same information at the same time.

The Common Core also claims to raise standards in all academic areas, focusing on giving students a skillset they need to compete and thrive in the future

As a private, accredited school, however, Isaac Newton does not have to align with Common Core or use any of the curriculum. Several years ago we had our faculty look at the standards and see how the Academy measured up (the Iowa Core currently includes math and reading).  In most cases, our standards were more comprehensive and teachers often had to align with core standards two grade levels higher.  

Below are some articles that address some of our concerns with the Common Core. We encourage you to do further research on your own.


Relationships / Common Core - Sorting It Out

Why Parents Object to Common Core

Common Core Fails to Prepare Students for STEM

Common Core is Social Engineering

I Was Naive About Common Core

Children's Privacy At Risk With Common Core


Focus on the Family website:

Type Common Core into their search box and you will see a list of articles and videos on Common Core.