We’ve got standards. Now what?
If a state adopts the Common Core standards but is not taking any steps to change its assessments, is it really changing its standards? If you are a reporter in a state that has already adopted, find out what, if anything, is in the works for curriculum and testing. Obviously textbooks and classroom practice and graduation exams cannot be changed on a dime, but someone in your state department of education should at least be thinking about how to make those standards actually mean something. That’s the person you should get on the phone.