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Fixing the Schools
Brookings Report Throws Cold Water on Common Core Hopes

Brooking’s Brown Center reports that Common Core’s outlook is not as rosy as earlier research suggested, though Brookings itself has been skeptical about the program in the past.

The new report takes a critical look at a 2012 study from researchers at Michigan State University, which compared each state’s pre-existing standards with the projected Common Core standards. In the original report, states with standards very similar to Common Core did better on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. But when Brookings expanded the study to look at the entire period from 2009 to 2013, these findings did not hold up.

On a more positive, the report found that States that actually implemented Common Core itself saw improvements relative to those that did not. Unfortunately, the difference wasn’t particularly large. Brookings concludes:

 … The variation among states [is] relatively small, [and] often fades to insignificance when considered in the more practical, real world terms of how much math students are learning.  It is doubtful that even the most ardent Common Core supporter will be satisfied if the best CCSS can offer—after all of the debate, the costs in tax revenue, and blood, sweat, and tears going into implementation—is a three point NAEP gain.

The study does not prove that Common Core is ineffective, as the program is still in its early days. This is an inauspicious beginning, however, for a program with such enthusiastic backers, among them Bill Gates.

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  • rheddles

    Liberals against standards in education. Whooda thunk?

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    Whatever happened to the States being the “Laboratories of Democracy”? I don’t like the fact that the Federal Government is trying to ram all kinds of standards and regulations down the States throats, in direct violation of the Constitution that never authorized or gave power to the Federal Government over Education or in dozens of other areas. The 9th and 10th Amendments were supposed to protect the States and the People from a power hungry central government and the Tyranny such a concentration of power creates. I blame the Supreme court Justices, who are clearly subservient to the desires and hunger for power of the Executive and Legislative branches, or they would never have been chosen to serve.

  • Jim__L

    Common Core, for math at least, emphasizes turning kids into math teachers, rather than mathematicians.

    The two are not the same.

    Kids who are actually good at math are penalized under Common Core, if their verbal abilities do not match their mathematical talents.

    This is the way to turn kids off of math. Common Core needs to be discontinued.

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