The answers lay in Common Core State Standards

Students who change schools are not lost, so time is not wasted in review and remediation; teachers may have different lesson plans and projects, but the core curriculum and skills to be mastered in each grade are the same.

Textbooks are slim, containing just the materials to be learned in a given year (not hundreds of incoherent pages trying to "align" to different states' vague standards.

Teachers are able to collaborate on developing and defining lesson plans and other materials.

Common core state standards are just a beginning-the next step will be for the states to adopt a common core curriculum.

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