Compare and Contrast Articles

By: Kallie Brewer and Trey Hillman

How do the authors utilize statistics to demonstrate teacher and general approval of Common Core?

In article number one it states that," Less than half of Americans (49 percent) and only 40 percent of teachers now say they support Common Core State Standards (CCSS)." So this is statistics saying that not many people support Common Core. In article one it also states that the percent have went down and more people are starting to stop supporting Common Core. "Public support has dropped 16 percent since 2013, when 65 percents of Americans were in favor of the Common Core standards,..." In article two the author used others people opinions that are similar to the author’s. “In the first, a Harvard research team led by Thomas Kane surveyed a representative sample of teachers and principals in five Common Core states about implementation strategies.”

What is unique about author one’s approach vs. author two’s approach?

Article one focuses on how less and less people are starting to not support Common Core now. They did much research and more people are voting for no instead of yes. “Less than half of Americans (49 percent) and only 40 percent of teachers now say they support Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Public support has dropped 16 percent since 2013, when 65 percent of Americans were in favor of the Common Core standards, according to the ninth annual Education Next poll released Tuesday.” But in article two is focused about how Common Core is starting to come around again. It even has it in it’s title. “Common Core’s Happy Days May Be Here Again” “We are learning anecdotally, too, that as parents see evidence of their child’s growth, they come around as supporters (see here and here). What this means for the future is anyone’s guess. But for now it looks like the Common Core or something very much like them may be seeing happier days ahead.”

What data does the first author include to support her claim? What data does the second author include to support her claim?

In article one the author used surveys as support to show how less people are supporting Common Core. “Less than half of Americans (49 percent) and only 40 percent of teachers now say they support Common Core State Standards (CCSS).” “Public support has dropped 16 percent since 2013, when 65 percent of Americans were in favor of the Common Core standards, according to the ninth annual Education Next poll released Tuesday.” “In 2013, 76 percent of teachers said they were in favor of the Common Core. In the new survey, only 40 percent say the favor Common Core--representing a 36-point drop in two years” “The poll…” In article two the author used researches done from other places. “New studies…” “ In the first, a Harvard research team led by Thomas Kane surveyed a representative sample of teachers and principals in five Common Core states about implementation strategies.” “The research team then related the survey results”

How do the tones differ?

In article one the passage has more facts than article two. In the second article it was more opinionated than the first passage. “Now exactly half (50 percent)...” “...57 percent of Republicans and 64 percent...” As you can tell there is a lot of percentages in article one but in article two there is only like one or two. Yes, article two does have some research but it isn’t straight facts. They just say what they people did and the outcome. “All four tests scored highly for “depth,” that is, items that are “cognitively demanding.” PARCC and Smarter Balanced, however, edged out both ACT Aspire and MCAS in “content.”