Tomorrow I head to Louisiana with the team from Common Core (yes the company that produces amazing content for common core). They are running sold out training sessions for educators on their Eureka Math Curriculum. The Louisiana Office of the State Superintendent announced that the P-12 CCSS mathematics curriculum developed by Common Core is a recommended resource for Louisiana math teachers.
Here is a great interview with Superintendent John White on Common Core - where he makes it clear that in Louisiana, this about helping students achieve their goals with improved content and assessments and nothing else matters. He says that some schools will be ready and others will be slower - as with any roll out this massive. But it is a great step in the right direction.
When you get to the training and see the engagement and excitement of teachers around this curriculum it is easy to forget the politics and remember that with increased rigor, improved engagement and great teaching, the students really win.