Claire Gillespie

Claire Gillespie studies English at the College of William and Mary and hopes to work in publishing or journalism when she graduates in May 2016. She has worked on editorial and Claire Gillespiepermissions projects at Yale University Press and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. On campus, Claire edits the William and Mary Review and writes for the Flat Hat, the College’s newspaper. Claire also plays classical piano.

Let Them Take Tests: The Common Core State Standards as Implemented in Illinois Elementary Schools

Three years ago, Illinois government officials voted to implement the common core state standards, a new education reform policy that emphasizes collaboration, writing, and critical thinking in the classroom. As one of 45 states to eventually adopt the standards, Illinois administrators, teachers, parents, students, and legislators have responded and readjusted to the new education policy in ways that belie the national response. “Let Them Take Tests” characterizes these responses – which vary from fearful to wholeheartedly supportive – and the standards themselves and explores the reasons educators and government officials developed and adopted the standards in the first place.

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