The failure of Common Core State Standards

The failure we call Common Core

Numerous articles and studies have been published the last couple years exposing the soft underbelly of the creature we call Common Core. It’s hard outer shell created by legislation and billions of dollars of propaganda, can’t protect it from the reality that is slowing sinking in after years of ruining our school system. The damage caused by Common Core will last longer than what would be caused by Godzilla on a rampage in Tokyo. Our nation’s children will suffer the effects for a lifetime and the legacy of Common Core will be the continued decline of the American education system, to say nothing of the indoctrination and collection of personal and behavioral data taking place.

Please share this post on social media and with legislators. Ask them to get your state off Common Core and return to local control so parents have ultimate control over their children’s education.

I’m just going to share a few items here for the purpose of documenting what we warned about from the very beginning. Until states wake up and get off the Common Core train, our children will continue to suffer. In the absence of states doing the right thing and returning to solid standards and shunning federal “accountability” and funding, the only recourse for families at this point is to take education into your own hands and do what’s best for your children. Enter AgencyBasedEducation.org.

1) NAEP decline

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/statement-secretary-devos-2019-naep-results

Education Secretary Betsy Devos:

“Every American family needs to open The Nation’s Report Card this year and think about what it means for their child and for our country’s future. The results are, frankly, devastating. This country is in a student achievement crisis, and over the past decade it has continued to worsen, especially for our most vulnerable students.

Two out of three of our nation’s children aren’t proficient readers. In fact, fourth grade reading declined in 17 states and eighth grade reading declined in 31. The gap between the highest and lowest performing students is widening, despite $1 trillion in Federal spending over 40 years designated specifically to help close it.

This must be America’s wake-up call. We cannot abide these poor results any longer. We can neither excuse them away nor simply throw more money at the problem.”

Remember, Common Core was introduced and rolled out to be implemented around 2011. Up to that point, scores were on the rise. Since then, scores have been stagnant or dropped.

2019 Naep Math performance
2019 naep reading scores

2) Common Core hurts low-achieving students

Five years after Common Core, a mysterious spike in failure rate among NY high school students
Potential signs of long-lasting problems for low-achieving students

https://hechingerreport.org/five-years-after-common-core-a-mysterious-spike-in-failure-rate-among-ny-high-school-students/

“There’s pretty decent evidence that low performers didn’t do great in the transition to Common Core.” said Polikoff. “Common Core is more conceptual with math. If you don’t have the basics down, and the teacher is teaching in ways that seem more confusing, you could be worse off.”

Nothing *seems* more confusing than things that actually *are* more confusing.

3) Federal Study: States better off without CC

https://thefederalist.com/2019/05/30/federally-funded-study-common-core-sunk-u-s-kids-test-scores/

“Contrary to our expectation, we found that [Common Core] had significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement during the 7 years after the adoption of the new standards, and had a significant negative effect on 8th graders’ math achievement 7 years after adoption based on analyses of NAEP composite scores,” the Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction and Learning (C-SAIL) preliminary study said.

4) ACT Scores drop even though the College Board made tests easier to match CCSS

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/10/17/math-scores-slide-to-a-20-year-low.html

The newest batch of ACT scores shows troubling long-term declines in performance, with students’ math achievement reaching a 20-year low

5) California’s math disaster

California decimated their incredible math progress by adopting Common Core. Last year I shared the stats from a Hoover Institute study of how they were crushing it helping minorities and low-income kids achieve greater proficiency in algebra by 8th grade. I guess too much success breeds some kind of bigotry so they adopted Common Core to kill the progress. This graph tells the story in a nutshell, but check out the original post for more information.

CA 8th grade drop from CCSS

3 thoughts on “The failure we call Common Core”

  1. I HAVE GRAND CHILDREN IN COMMON CORE, THEY HAVE SHOWED ME HOW IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOLVED. THE WAY IS CONFUSING, ADDING STEPS NOT NECESSARY, AND THEY GET FRUSTRATED. TRYING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM THIS LONG VERSION, MAKES ME MAD. WHEN THE TEACHER SOLVES THE MATH ON THE BOARD, HE SAYS THEY HAVE TO SOLVE IT THE SAME WAY, OR IT IS MARKED WRONG. NO WONDER ALGEBRA CLASSES HAVE LOW ENROLLMENT.

  2. Thank you. Here’s a even fuller list for those who may be interested. Common Core (as examined in this Costa Mesa Brief lecture) was promoted by lobbyists, was never tested on a small scale, was enacted by Congress without bothering to know its details, was implemented by a sociologist not an educator, is VERY costly, lacks flexibility, is developmentally-inappropriate, was admittedly not intended to prepare children better for college, and is being evaluated by unqualified low-skilled laborers who are being trained to keep test results (rather than test standards) constant from one year to the next.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyRr6nBEnz4

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