States brace for "messy" transition under common core

The transition to the Common Core State Standards is expected to be "messy," prompting growing support for granting more flexibility in attaching high stakes to students' performance on standardized exams under the core. Sandy Kress, a former education aide to President George W. Bush who helped write No Child Left Behind, says current discussions should be focused on what a "transitional accountability system" would look like and whether it will be possible to compare performances on old test scores to achievement under the common core tests.

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