“Sentence first…verdict afterwards”. -The Queen (Alice in Wonderland)
The need to ask if the common core math standards “are going to help” is outrageous. This question should have been answered by educational research long before the standards were imposed on millions of students. I agree with David Wees, who suggests that the math standards should not be implemented all at once. But they should have also been carefully tested, so see if they help or hurt understanding of math, both in the short and long term.