Common Core backlash

Indiana will “pause” implementation of Common Core standards for more state review, if Gov. Mike Pence signs a bill on his desk. It’s not clear how state Superintendent Glenda Ritz will interpret the legislation, writes Scott Elliott in the Indianapolis Star.  The State Board of Education is “deeply committed to Common Core,” but the governor will be appointing new board members this summer.

The backlash against the new standards is a national phenomenon, reports the Washington Post. Some state legislators are worried about the costs, which could add up to $12 billion a year. Others say teachers don’t have the training and resources they need.

Conservatives say “Obamacore” amounts to a national curriculum. Using federal Race to the Top grants to pressure states to adopt Common Core has backfired.

New standards will mean lower test scores — and more testing for many students.

Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers and a strong  Common Core supporter, called for  a “mid-course correction” this week. “The Common Core is in trouble,” she said. “There is a serious backlash in lots of different ways, on the right and on the left.”

AFT’s proposed testing moratorium is a triangulation strategy, writes Dropout Nation.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    Some states are reluctant because their standards in one or more areas are higher than Common Core. I’ve read objections on both sides, and think that all states should meet certain minimum standards, but be free to have higher ones if they choose.

  2. Roger Sweeny says:

    There is now, and there has been for ages, ninety percent of a national curriculum. Most every elementary school tries to teach the same things. Middle and high schools all across the country offer pretty much the same courses. Look at the text books and you will see that they all cover pretty much the same material, even broken down the same way.

    Now, different places do things in different order, so transfer students can have a tough time. Some schools go into more depth. And there are parochial inclusions; my junior high had a required quarter on local history. But an average student, who does an average amount of work, is going to come out with pretty much the same body of knowledge, no matter where she went to school.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    So then I don’t get why it would take billions and massive teacher training to implement -if the curriculum is reasonably similar.