So let me start by saying I don't have any major issues with the CCSS themselves, just the way they're being implemented and the lack of useful resources/curriculum. It's gotten better in my school with math, I'm very pleased with our current program and I'm not worried about how my students with do taking the state math test. ELA is another story. I stumbled upon this blog from March 2013. It happens to go into detail about a book that I received for my 3rd grade class with our new curriculum that I technically am expected to read with my inner city 8 and 9-year-olds in my inclusion class sometime around April or May. http://tomakeaprairie.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/on-programs-broken-promises-and-why-we-arent-finland/ I knew as soon as I got the book delivered to my classroom in October it was completely inappropriate for my students. "Behind Rebel Lines" They have very little IF ANY background knowledge on the Civil War. It is not covered in our social studied curriculum at all. Most are reading at a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level. Some are still on a 1st grade level and I have 1 on a 5th grade level. In addition to be inappropriate grade level wise the book just didn't look like it would be appealing to my class. We just finished reading a book about a 1 room schoolhouse in 1948 Alaska. It was a struggle to get through- it was boring, no clear conflict, no dialogue (which my students need practice with) and they had no connection to the content. But we got through it mostly because it was written maybe on a 4th grade reading level and most of my students could "get through" it even if they weren't fully comprehending every part they read independently. I refuse to subject them to a book they have no prior knowledge about that is written for students THREE years old than them. It's insane!