Pioneer: $16 billion to adopt new standards

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.

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  1. This is why I doubt that the state will go insane and adopt the CC.

  2. Well, it will make the textbooks companies LOTS of money, which is the real purpose of CCS.

    • Stacy in NJ says:

      Not any more. There all using tablets and google docs.

      • tim-10-ber says:

        Electronic textbooks are not cheap…some are almost as expensive as the hardback…makes zero sense other than textbook companies refuse to lower prices and school districts won’t force their hand and demand it or they won’t purchase the book…seems like an opportunity for new, higher quality textbooks to come into play or districts to say forget the books, we will compile our own and share it electronically…

    • Ah yes, the vast, profit-maddened textbook company conspiracy.

      Now, are they in cahoots with the vast, profit-maddened charter school conspiracy or is there trouble in profit-mad paradise?

      I kind of doubt this’ll go anywhere with NCLB and RttT as examples of what inevitably happens when he who pays the piper comes to the startling realization that they’re paying the piper. What’ll be kind of fun to watch is the discomfort that ensues as the old maxim about what politics makes takes effect.

      The wonder isn’t that federal legislators and bureaucrats are more and more intruding into education but that it’s taken so long.

  3. Mike, I think you are partially right. The software and computer companies will make a killing since the assessments must be done online. Is it any wonder Bill Gates has been a huge financial supporter of the standards and common core?

    But the real reason, IMO, is the implementation of the longitudinal data base mandated in the Common Core standards linking these student assessments to various Federal agencies such as the DOEd, Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. The intent is clear. It’s not to help your child’s education. It’s to supply the workforce.

  4. Richard Aubrey says:

    While it is nice to think beyond supplying the work force, supplying the work force has two things going for it. One is the graduate is employable and can thus earn a living. Unfortunately, this means he won’t be dependent on the government and thus can’t be bought with “programs”. The other is that by supplying the work force, the employer is not going to be forced to pack up and leave for some place where he can find useful employees.
    I know it would be nice to think of all these kids sitting around thinking large thoughts while somebody else supports them, but, as Lady Thatcher said, sooner or later you run out of other people’s money,.