Common Core is often confused for being curriculum, instructional practice and a state assessment. Common Core are merely a set of standards - here's what students should know and be able to do this year. I had the opportunity to provide input on the very first draft of the middle and high school English Language Arts standards for Common Core years ago while at OSPI. Common Core is not curriculum. I do not believe textbooks should be the foundation of instruction, although they are a resource. Curriculum is not instruction or teaching. My desire is to promote quality instruction for all students, including students who qualify for highly-capable services to students on IEPs/504 Plans to students who receive support as they learn academic English. Finally, Common Core is not the state test (the Smarter Balanced Assessment). It is my plan, as soon as I take office, to gather educators and test experts (not connected to a test company) to have honest conversations about a testing system that does not take as much time, informs our practice, and returns results in a timely fashion.