If you’ve gotten your fill of coverage about the 2014 elections and how they could impact education policy, then prepare for a feast of new developments about the political pushback to the Common Core State Standards.
I recently updated the two graphics I’ve used to keep tabs on anti-common-core efforts. It’s not clear if the pushback to the standards peaked last year, given what happened in Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, or if action in those states is a signal of bigger resistance to the standards to come. But here are two presentations that can help you learn about what happened in 2014 and get you thinking about what might lie in store in 2015.
• “Common-Core Backlash: Track State Efforts” looks at the bills in various states that in some way sought to halt or roll back the standards. The major bill still in play this year is in Ohio, where House Bill 597, which would require the state to ditch the common core and develop new standards, just passed out of a House committee.
Most of the bills targeting the standards failed. With Republicans increasing the number of state capitals they control on Nov. 4, will a higher number of GOP governors and lawmakers somehow seek to defund the standards or find other ways of dumping them? Or will states’ plan to administer common-core-aligned tests next spring lead many lawmakers to leave the standards alone for the foreseeable future?
• “Swamp Fight: Louisiana’s Common-Core Debate, a Timeline” examines the political fight over the common core and the associated PARCC assessments that exploded over the past year in the Pelican State.
In November alone, there were three significant developments related to common-core testing and the tangle of lawsuits that have sprouted up in Louisiana regarding the standards and the tests. Read more about them, and trace their links to earlier developments, in the “Swamp Fight” timeline below:
A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.