Policy Documents

A Reform at Risk? The Political Realities of the Common Core

Ashley Jochim –
March 25, 2013
Ashley Jochim writes in a paper prepared for an AEI conference, that the controversial "common core" are standards collaborated between the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSO) and 46 states to create a set of standards in English and mathematics.  There are a whole host of questions related to this effort including, if a set of one-size-fits-all federal standards are really beneficial for education, and if such a common standard violates the principle of federalism. Additionally, policies can be effective, and accomplish their goal, but does that make then"good?" The essay also considers the political landscape, and partisan conflicts, regarding this issue. While ALEC has remained neutral on the implementation of a common core, many conservatives are opposed to the idea, even if the intentions to improve education are good. This issue will not die, however, even if implemented. Indeed, the battle may just begin.