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As political battles rage over the Common Core, teachers like Jennifer Bahns at the University Prep Academy middle school in Detroit are trying to prepare their students for the first major Common Core exams this spring. Erin Einhorn/Hechinger Report hide caption

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Math scores at McMichael High School have improved. Courtesy of McMichael High School hide caption

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Hugo High School, like many public schools in Oklahoma, was a battleground in the fight over Common Core. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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These books for daily, independent reading have been sorted by difficulty and labeled with letters. Popular writers, including Dahl and Rowling, get their own bins. LA Johnson/NPR hide caption

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Fourth-grader Isiah Soto digests some history during independent reading time. Emily Hanford/American Public Media hide caption

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Common Core

Common Core Reading: 'The New Colossus'

The Common Core State Standards have led to big changes in the way many teachers approach reading instruction.

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Teachers in East Lansing, Mich., used the walls of a classroom to map out the Core standards and how they correspond with the current East Lansing curriculum. Cory Turner/NPR hide caption

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Common Core

Teachers Hit The Common Core Wall

For educators, the challenges of Common Core are huge.

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Just some of the more than 700 math books that have been reviewed for Common Core alignment by professor William Schmidt and his team at Michigan State's Center for the Study of Curriculum. Cory Turner/NPR hide caption

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The Common Core Curriculum Void

States and school districts are struggling to navigate the flood of new materials claiming to be Common Core-aligned.

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