Tega McGuffin, Teacher, Oak Hill High School

As a high school teacher, I feel particularly compelled to ensure those engaged in the debate are armed with facts, not propaganda. There are many misconceptions and, frankly, lies being told about what these standards mean for our students and how they are applied in the classroom. It is critical that parents and policymakers understand that standards serve as a guide to ensure all students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed and be productive members of society.

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Justin Raber, West Virginia PTA President

Let's just get it out of the way: there is no such thing as "Common Core Math" or "old" and "new" math. The Common Core State Standards are just that, standards. They set the overall goals to ensure that our students are learning the skills needed for the careers of today and tomorrow.

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Erin Sponaugle, 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

We fear what we do not know or understand — and unfortunately, fear is driving much of the opposition to the Common Core. It has been misstated that the Common Core State Standards are federally mandated, when in fact they have been voluntarily adopted in 45 states. The federal government hasn't, and won't, dictate what curriculum states must adopt for their classrooms. States chose the Common Core standards because their clear, rigorous expectations will elevate the performance of our students so they are globally competitive.

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