U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says teachers have described the transition to the Common Core State Standards as the "professional challenge of a lifetime to raise standards so every American student can compete and succeed in the global economy." In this question-and-answer interview, Duncan says, among other things, that the common core offers opportunities for educators to delve deeper into material and innovate in the classroom. He also discusses how all teachers should receive the support they need to be successful.

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