"Now, these new college- and career-ready standards have the potential to be transformative for students, inspiring them, helping them to reach their full potential—but only if state and local leaders, principals, and educators implement them well," Duncan said. "[T]he federal government is not going to assign any textbook or reading in schools. It’s not going to draft, create, or require a lesson plan in any school. It’s not going to tell teachers or local officials what to study—or what sequence to study in it.
"In fact, not a word, not a single semicolon of curriculum will be created, encouraged, or prescribed by the federal government. We haven’t done so—and we won’t be doing so, and that is how it should be."
Fear mongering notwithstanding, the Common Core State Standards provide a framework for higher-level thinking, reading, and mathematics for our students. Local school districts, working with their parents, teachers, and boards will set the curriculum students study.