What have states actually done in crusade against Common Core?

Sep 11, 2014 by

Oklahoma and Indiana have dropped Common Core – and Oklahoma had its No Child Left Behind waiver revoked as a result.

South Carolina and Missouri have taken strong steps toward replacing Common Core, and North Carolina seems to have found a compromise in which they’d merely tweak the standards.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, meanwhile – an erstwhile Common Core supporter who is now one of its biggest detractors, as well as a potential 2016 presidential contender – has been doing everything in his power to drop the standards, though so far to no avail. He’s currently embroiled in a lawsuit against the US Department of Education.

Amid all the headlines in the past year of states dropping – or threatening to drop – the controversial Common Core State Standards, it can be tough to parse out just how many actually followed through. A new report from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) helps crystallize some of the action, as well as the legislative activity still underway.

The bottom line is that despite the growing backlash against the standards – initially adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia, and in part by Minnesota – just two of those states have completely exited the standards. Four more have taken steps toward replacing them. And a number of others have taken action either to make the standards more their own – by affirming local control, modifying them, or renaming them – or to commit to implementation of the standards.

“Of the hundreds of pieces of legislation introduced in multiple states across the country, this was a big discussion area” this year, says Jeremy Anderson, president of ECS. “But very few actually took steps to make any changes.”

Those states that have, however, have generated big headlines, and opposing Common Core has been a popular line for Republican politicians, in particular, this fall.

Oklahoma, one of just two states to have completely dropped the standards, choosing to revert back to its old standards, was angered when the US Education Secretary Arne Duncan revoked their NCLB waiver in late August, arguing that the state’s current standards aren’t good enough. Losing the waiver means the state must revert back to the old – and largely discarded – accountability guidelines under NCLB for schools that don’t make sufficient yearly progress. Gov. Mary Fallin has cast the move as federal overreach and abuse of power, and the state is trying to see if it can get its waiver reinstated.

via What have states actually done in crusade against Common Core? (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

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