How Washington lawmakers can save $300 million: Cancel the Common Core Standards
Washington state is in the process of implementing the Common Core Standards Initiative, which the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has reported will cost $300 million in professional development for teachers, the cost of new books and new tests, as I have written about here, here and here.
Yesterday, the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institute released its 2012 report on American education. Tom Loveless, author of the report, describes their findings like this:
When it comes to the Common Core, the study that we conducted anticipates very little effect of the Common Core on future national (academic) achievement. Despite all of the controversy about the Common Core, despite all the dollars that are being poured into the Common core, we think it is going to have actually little impact.
The Common Core Standards Initiative is yet another expensive top-down, command-and control education reform imposed on states by the federal government, and on local schools by the state government. Proponents hope these expensive programs will somehow trickle down to the classroom to help young Sally and Roger learn. Remember Goals 2000? Remember No Child Left Behind? Remember the WASL?
The most valuable resource we can give our school children is to allow their schools the freedom to act, the freedom to control the actual dollars in their budgets, and the freedom from doomed-to-fail mandates like the Common Core Standards Initiative.