“Myla Gupta checked the nest of a leghorn chicken inside a coop she helped build at Terra Linda High School, an example of the project-based learning that is an element of Common Core standards.”
And the students who really do get ahead in STEM majors and careers actually know formulas, how to apply them, and solve problems for which the structure and methods transfer to hosts of other problems.
I got as far as here:
“The standards, which emphasize critical thinking over rote memorization, have met with scathing criticism in some states, often because of the way related testing was done. In California, however, Common Core was supported by 95 percent of 1,000 teachers surveyed in 2015 by EdSource, a journalism website.”
I’m not aware of math standards that emphasize rote memorization. It sounds like this reporter had a buzzword generator and used it until it wore out.