In 2009, APP Foundation sounded the alarm on the Common Core national education standards. The Common Core standards are notable for being of very low quality, locking children into an inferior education. They are also integral to a federal and special-interest effort to centralize education policymaking in the federal bureaucracy, virtually eliminating parents and local governments.

Also integral to that effort is the collection and sharing of massive amounts of private student and family data. Since 2009, APP Foundation has led and facilitated the nationwide grassroots effort to defeat Common Core and all its tentacles, end federal dictation of education policy, and return power over education to parents and teachers.

On the diffusion of education among the people rest the preservation and perpetuation of our free institutions.

The Foundation produces research and scholarship on the state of education policy, parental rights, and privacy rights for students in America. Further, we seek to nurture and animate grassroots activism by building up and aiding leaders in local communities and by providing them with the research and technical assistance they need to effectively fight federal encroachments.

At APP Foundation, we focus on rejuvenating the content of education because we envision a future where schools and communities are focused not on training children to be cogs in a managed economy, but rather on affirming an authentic education through which children can appreciate the beauty of life and be capable of fully exercising their liberties and take their rightful place in a citizen-directed society.


Education Research

After the Fall: Catholic Education Beyond the Common Core

This study from several Catholic education experts explains in detail why Common Core is “incompatible with and unsuited for” Catholic schools.

Why Students Need Strong Standards [And Not Common Core]

Education scholar Ze’ev Wurman exposes the troubling weaknesses within the Common Core math standards and its likely negative effect on students.

Common Does Not Equal Excellent

Erin Tuttle and J.R. Wilson highlight the failures of Common Core mandates and their impact on student achievement—especially in math.

The Road to a National Curriculum

Robert Eitel and Kent Talbert explore problems and offer legal insights on Common Core, Race to the Top, conditional waivers and other critical education issues.

Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America

Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins document Common Core’s numerous problems — from its mediocre quality and threats to student privacy to its massive costs and questionable legality — in this groundbreaking report.

National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core Standards

This joint Pioneer Institute and American Principles Project report outlines the financial burden that Common Core imposes on states and localities across America.

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