The Council of the Great City Schools, a national organization composed of 67 large city school districts, produced this 3 minute animation to explain the basics of the Common Core State Standards, one of PCM's Top 10 Education Policies.
"Is a girl in your neighborhood being taught as much as her friend in the next one? Is a graduating senior from, say, St. Louis as prepared to get a job as a graduate from Shanghai? As it turns out, the answer to both these questions is "No."
For parents who want to know more about specific topics covered in the common core, CGCS developed these "Parent Roadmaps." They offer K-8 grade-by-grade examples from both Math and English Language Arts standards.