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They emphasize critical thinking, with less of a focus on memorization. The following year, Indiana became the first state to withdraw formally from Common Core.

South Carolina and Oklahoma followed, as conservatives complained the standards represented a federal takeover of education.

Many millions of dollars have been spent on the standards — professional development, revamped assessments aligned with the standards, new teaching materials, said Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. “It’s important to take all of this with a grain of salt,” Pondiscio says of the kill Common Core talk.

“It’s possible some states might change the name, but the idea that we’re going to see a wholesale retreat from Common Core. I don’t see it happening no matter who wins in November.” The standards outline skills students should learn and know in math and reading by the end of each grade.

“In our state, the state school board sets the standards.” The education law passed Congress in December with overwhelming support from both parties and was quickly signed by President Barack Obama.