“You look at our rankings on education in the world, we’re number 30 in the world, which is ridiculous. No. 1 in cost.”

–Donald Trump, interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Feb. 10, 2016

“We’re getting rid of Common Core. We’re going to educate our children locally. We educate our children locally.”

–Trump, remarks following the New Hampshire primary, Feb. 9, 2016

If it’s a claim that received Pinocchios, Trump is bound to repeat it.

These are three of Trump’s favorite talking points about education: that the United States ranks 30th in the world in education while spending more per-pupil than any other country, and that Common Core needs to be locally controlled.

These claims collectively have received Three Pinocchios. There already is local control with Common Core. It has been a state-led effort where governors and school chiefs set the standards. States opted in to the program, and state and local districts design and choose their curricula.

Trump’s characterization of the United States’ per-pupil spending and test scores is exaggerated. He’s using comparisons to industrialized member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The U.S. does rank high in per-pupil spending (but not No. 1) and lower than many in certain test scores (the closest score to his talking point is ranking 27th out of 34 OECD countries in math scores.)

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