4 reasons why the Common Core Standards are losing popularity

[In no particular order]

1. Limited resources for implementation

States that are already strapped for funding and have adopted the CCSS have spent many millions of dollars to create curriculum around them, implement them, and create tests aligned to the standards. The federal government also contributed roughly $360 million to help develop core-aligned tests.

But some states are now prohibiting spending for CCSS implementation. Examples include Kansas, Arizona, Michigan, and Indiana. Many state representatives say the cost of teacher training, new textbooks and materials, as well as the educational technology and IT foundation needed to successfully implement the CCSS, was not discussed properly prior to adoption.

2. Underdeveloped high stakes testing

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently called for a moratorium on the high-stakes implications of Common Core testing until the standards have been properly implemented.

“These standards, which hold such potential to create deeper learning, are instead creating a serious backlash—as officials seek to make them count before they make them work…And it is happening throughout the country,” said Weingarten. (Read “Editorial: Make the Common Core standards work before making them count.”)

And Weingarten isn’t the only one. The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board also urged city officials to delay CCSS testing until implementation is completed.

“Experts are divided over the value of the new curriculum standards, which might or might not lead students to the deeper reading, reasoning and writing skills that were intended,” the board explained. “But on this much they agree: The curriculum will fail if it isn’t carefully implemented with meaningful tests that are aligned with what the students are supposed to learn…it would be better off delaying the new curriculum a couple of years and doing it right, rather than allowing common core to become yet another educational flash in the pan that never lives up to its promise.”

Parents have also started a campaign to “opt” their children out of the Common Core-aligned high-stakes standardized tests. For example, parents in both Utah and New York are voicing their concerns on whether or not the CCSS are valid.

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Meris Stansbury

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