As students at Iroquois West High School, we have encountered the change in direction from Illinois State standards to Common Core standards. Although it is uncomfortable to change so quickly, it is necessary to encourage student driven learning. Lately, there has been a lot of criticism concerning these standards. We, having a first hand experience with Common Core, understand the goals and efforts of these principles, and have confidence that Iroquois West is improving our learning productivity. For that reason, we requested the opportunity to write this letter as a class.