Educators in Michigan and other states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards are gearing up for implementation. While the standards are drawing criticism from some lawmakers, John Austin, president of the Michigan State Board of Education, says the standards ultimately will help schools compare student achievement on a national level. "We're not in the 19th century anymore, where you live your life in your own community and everything you need to learn and know, your local school board can determine," he said, adding, "We're in a global economy."

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