What Will Be The Outcome?
Some states will drop the federal online testing. Some states will drop Common Core and use their old standards or write new ones.
The likeliest outcome of the controversies today is that the Common Core will be adopted by some states, not by other. The federal tests will be used in some states, not others.
“On the basis of past experience with standards, the most reasonable prediction is that the common core will have little to no effect on student achievement.”
The problems with the Common Core are multiple. Many states are now experiencing a populist revolt against it, sometimes led by extremists parents, sometimes (as in New York) led by responsible veteran educators.
Support is strong and includes the Obama administration, major corporations, Republicans like Jeb Bush, and educators who like the new standards. Opposition is strong and spans the ideological spectrum, from parents who object to their complexity or to a federal takeover of standards to the Chicago Teachers Union and others who say the standards were developed in stealth, excluded classroom teachers and teachers knowledgeable about early childhood education and disabilities. Others are alarmed that the standards were pushed onto the states without discussion, without means of revising them, but as a condition of Race to the Top and waivers.
The battle over the Common Core has raged in several states. So e states has dropped their commitment…
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