Magazine article District Administration

Common Core Isn't Going Anywhere

Magazine article District Administration

Common Core Isn't Going Anywhere

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Public support for the Common Core standards is plummeting--but that doesn't mean much to K12.

Half of the general population approves of the standards--that's down from 83 percent just three years ago. Support among teachers has fallen to only 44 percent, according to the latest Education Next survey.

"Common Core is here to stay," says David Griffith, director of public policy for ASCD. He chalks up the drop in public opinion to a combination of backlash against standardized testing, and continual confusion about what exactly Common Core is.

While Common Core is often associated with federal control over education, it was actually devised at the state level. And while it was incentivized by the Obama administration through grants and waivers, such incentives have since expired.

A few states, including Indiana, South Carolina and Louisiana, first adopted and later repealed the Common Core, but those states now have new learning standards that closely resemble Common Core.

In Louisiana, for example, the legislature moved to overhaul Common Core last summer, but the new state-generated curriculum retained about 80 percent of the Common Core standards.

"What is the real alternative?" says Noelle M. Ellerson, associate executive director of policy & advocacy at the School Superintendent Association. "The Common Core has been increasingly politicized, but the reality is it was locally developed, and I haven't met anyone who's had a real alternative proposal."

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