States will need to spend $16 billion to implement Common Core Standards, estimates a report. by the Pioneer Institute, the American Principles Project and the Pacific Research Institute of California. That includes the cost of textbooks and instructional materials, testing, professional development, and technology infrastructure. California alone will incur additional costs of $2 billion.
Pioneer’s earlier report, The Road to a National Curriculum, questions the legality of the Obama Administration’s push for national education standards and assessments.
Update: WashPost columnist Jay Mathews has hopped off the common standards bandwagon, persuaded they won’t make much of a difference.