New standardized tests under the Common Core education initiative aren't scheduled until spring, but backlash from parents and educators is in full force this fall. And the debate is moving into the state legislatures.
States' adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a set of K-12 learning standards designed to measure students' college and career readiness, has been met with resistance.
"We don't like them," said parent advocate Leonie Haimson, executive director of Class Size Matters, a nonprofit organization that advocates for smaller classes in public schools. "We don't trust them, and we don't think they're helping our kids learn at all."
Since the initiative—which is sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers—began promoting the standards in 2010, 46 states and the District of Columbia have signed on. But those numbers have been dropping. "Opposition has grown, and not even along political lines, but against the standards," said Philip Gorham, a senior equity analyst for Morningstar. (Gorham's coverage area includes education publisher Pearson, which won a contract to administer Common Core standardized tests.)
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