The Common Core State Standards aren't due to be fully implemented until 2014, but they're already creating controversy, with critics calling them untested, difficult to implement and, in effect, a national curriculum. Some teachers support the changes. David Riesenfeld, a high-school history teacher in Long Island City, N.Y., said the standards will require students to learn "how to use materials rather than just answer question a, b, c and d."

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