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Aren’t the standards part of a federal program? If we adapt them, won’t we have to follow federal rules?

The Common Core State Standards initiative is a state‐led, bipartisan effort that is not a requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) or any other federally-funded program. Individual states, Catholic dioceses and other private schools made their own decisions about whether to adopt or adapt the standards.

There is no mandate for any Catholic school to follow any federal rules related to the use of the Common Core State Standards.