Of course, many of these states are in the very earliest phases of thinking through implementation. For example, in planning the next phase of professional development for the Gates literacy initiative, the outline for nationwide use starts with "Introduction to the Common Core."
What are Kentuckians to do when they come across the idea of "introducing" Common Core sometime next year? Open bragging on our teachers would be impolite, but our schools are really are already investing deeply in understanding and implementing the new standards. Considering how far we've come and how fast we're pushing ahead, I think we're each allowed a small, quiet, happy nod of pride. Maybe two.