Marc Tucker and the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and Barry McGaw played a big role in Common Core. Marc Tucker interviewed Barry McGaw for edweek.org. This is an important interview in understanding some of the premise behind Common Core from its most involved sources.
Barry McGaw discusses in this article how Australia implemented a national curriculum and assessments. What he discusses sounds exactly like what certain individuals and groups are trying to do here in our country. Whether you agree with Common Core or disagree with it, in order to understand it, you have to be willing to look at the people involved, their intentions and the basis for their decisions to be a part of it or oppose it.
Barry McGaw, no matter which side you are on, at least explains the idea in a way that not one person in education in our area has. He does not discuss just standards. He discusses the whole process as it pertained to Australia, and this same process is what they are attempting to do here.
I am providing this information for informative purposes only. I am a big believer that you have to be able to look at things from all points of view and understand all of the information in order to make decisions about anything. This article resembles to me what our government and special interest groups are trying to model our educational system after. Check it out and see what you think.