State Legislators Put the Brakes on Common-Core Implementation
Multiple states are pursuing legislation that seeks re-examination of the Common Core State Standards.
An Education Week article indicates that:
Missouri’s SB 210, which has passed both the House and Senate, requires the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to hold public meetings in each congressional district on the Common Core State Standards.
Indiana has signed into law HB 1427, which requires further study and evaluation of the Common Core.
Similar bills have been introduced in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Common Core-related bills have failed to pass in Georgia, South Dakota, Kansas and Alabama.
States’ legislative activity has been motivated by common criticisms of the standards, which have included:
Perceptions that federal endorsement of the Common Core, and federal financial incentives for state adoption, represent an “overreach into state educational authority;”
Fears about narrowed school curriculum options (because many popular textbooks are being aligned to the Common Core);
Worries about the cost of implementing instructional changes and new types of standardized testing; and
Concerns about children’s negative reactions to, and lower scores on, Common-Core assessments.
Please share your thoughts on the Common Core and what impact, if any, you think these states’ legislation will have on wide adoption of the standards.
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