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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are academic guidelines detailing what students are expected to learn in English, history/social studies, science and technical subjects, and math.
CCSS was developed by Achieve Inc., a private, nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C. Achieve Inc. joined with other private organizations to create the American Diploma Project (ADP). The goal of the ADP and CCSS was to prepare students to enter higher education or the workforce. The Department of Education closely aligned acquiring waivers from the No Child Left Behind program with the adoption of CCSS, and federal funding was offered as an incentive for states to embrace CCSS.
The academic rigor and excellence of Common Core have not been fully backed by seasoned educators. Sandra Stotsky, a nationally recognized language arts expert, was asked to sit on the validation committee to review Common Core’s English language arts standards. She ultimately refused to endorse CCSS because she believed that “they were not research-based,” and “they were not rigorous.”* James Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University, served on the validation committee to review the math standards. He also refused to endorse CCSS and stated, “There is significant international evidence that major parts of the standards will not work.”**
*Delawareonline.com, The News Journal at Common Core criticized in forum (viewed online August 23, 2021)
**LinkedIn.com, Cynthia Dunbar at What is Common Core? (viewed online August 23, 2021).
By promoting the adoption of CCSS, the government is (knowingly or unknowingly) establishing CCSS as a national curriculum. This promotion could be concerning since having the government mandate a national education curriculum has historically been problematic and presents a conflict of interest.
Since 46 states originally adopted Common Core, many publishing companies now draft their content to align with CCSS. Because of this, you will often find Common Core-aligned materials — even in private and faith-based schools that did not adopt Common Core. Unless parents homeschool or know to ask their schools about the instructional materials used, it is likely that CCSS has already had some impact on your child’s education.
According to the Common Core website, “Forty-one states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have adopted the Common Core State Standards.”* Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia are the only states that have not implemented CCSS. However, see above for how your school may still be impacted via textbooks, etc.
*Common Core State Standards Initiative at Standards in Your State (viewed online July 30, 2021).
Supporters of Common Core argue that it is not a national curriculum because each state can choose whether or not to implement it. However, states do receive financial incentives if they choose to adopt CCSS. Additionally, although the standards can be modified by each state, these modifications are limited to adding content. States must otherwise use the national standards and may not delete any content.
While the Common Core website denies that data collection is required with the implementation of CCSS, the Department of Education has overtly encouraged the collection of student data from preschool to the workforce.
Anne Duncan, former Secretary of Education, said this: “We want to see more states build comprehensive systems that track students from pre-K through college and then link school data to workforce data. We want to know whether Johnny participated in an early learning program and completed college on time and whether those things have any bearing on his earnings as an adult.”*
Whether directly or indirectly, Common Core does have ties to the collection of public school students’ sensitive data, potentially including information on health records, family income, grades, and religious affiliation. While the purposes of this data collection may sound noble, the actual use of this data may be concerning to families.
*US Department of Education at Robust Data Gives Us The Roadmap to Reform (viewed online August 23, 2021)