Martin O’Malley | Candidates on Common Core

Martin O Mally Header - Candidates on Common Core - Andrew Mullins - HSLDA Blog

Every week leading up to the 2016 Primary Season, HSLDA will post a profile for one of the 2016 Presidential candidates on Homeschooling Now, highlighting where each stands on the Common Core State Standards Initiative. For more information on the Common Core, check out our free resources at



  • 61st Governor of Maryland (2007-2015)
  • Mayor of Baltimore (1999-2007)

CURRENT POSITION: Supports the Common Core

PAST POSITION: Supported the Common Core


  • 2009: As Governor, O’Malley supported the development and implementation of Common Core in Maryland.
  • 2014-15: As Govenor, O’Malley supported the administration of Common Core PARCC tests in Maryland.


On Maryland’s bipartisan acceptance of the standards in 2009: “There was none of the sort of parochial throw-down, ‘Don’t tell us what our standards should be.” —The Washington Post, 2009, via the Salt Lake Tribune

““Our goal moving forward is to build the best public school system in not just America, but in the world. That’s why we’re choosing to adopt the Common Core standards, new curricula that will prepare our kids to be winners in a global economy, which is growing more knowledge-based by the day.” —MSDE TV, April 2013, via YouTube

Martin O Mally - Candidates on Common Core | HSLDA Blog


SUMMARY: Martin O’Malley was among the first Democrats to support and embrace the standards publicly. He remains consistent in his affirmation of Common Core and believes it will help the United States compete in the global economy.

— Andrew Mullins and Lauren Mitchell

Photo Credit: First image graphic design by Andrew Mullins and Charity Klicka; second image by Jay Baker.

2 thoughts on “Martin O’Malley | Candidates on Common Core

  1. Montgomery county’s math grades have been declining for past two years. How long will that go on before they dump common core.


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