Americans across all states have historically been in favor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Now that it’s time to implement these standards in schools across the nation a debate has incited among state policymakers, whether or not to carry out this initiative.
Their main concern is the implementation cost.
Like all reform efforts, there are costs that arise with implementations such as teacher training, new curriculum materials and technology acquisition. Quite a number of experts have estimated implementation cost between $8.2 to $15.8 billion over a course of five to seven years; it will be one of the most expensive education reforms to date. Obviously, this created an uproar among several policymakers and taxpayers. They immediately launch an opposition campaign and branded the CCSS initiative as an uneconomical effort.
These anit-CCSS campaigns have not been about the standards and its effect on transforming education.
In fact, many anti-CCSS groups want children to be exposed to a form of the Common Core Standards; they just don’t want to pay for it. These groups are advocating for each state to redesign their current learning standards to resemble the CCSS and to make do with their current resources. Or, to consider postponing CCSS implementation until this reform has been vetted by other States in the union.
However, supporters of this initiative argue that these “bare bones” reform efforts are the reason why the U.S. educational system is in shambles. They believe that when policymakers proclaim they are going to offer a form of the Common Core -it’s really an acknowledgment that students are only going to receive a subpar ( or incomplete) content standards.
These campaigns have been effective.
Many states have felt the pressure to postpone or block implementation efforts. “Alabama, Georgia, and Utah have pulled out of the assessment consortia, and Indiana and Michigan have enacted a pause in implementation.”
Even though some States were swayed to abandon the Common Core, there are many states such as Kentucky, Massachusetts, and California who continue to support this reform. These pro-CCSS regions are doing everything in their power to implement these national standards.
But, for how long?
CCSS is very expensive to implement. Funding in education is not consistent. Time will tell if States are forced to abandoned this reform effort to save money.
- Rothman, R. (2014, April). Common Core State Standard 101 Retrieved May 15, 2014, from Alliance for Excellent Education: http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CommonCore101.pdf
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