There is a lot about Common Core that nobody knows yet, since we are waiting for curricula to be written, standardized tests to be adapted and there have been no test cases to see what the results of the program might be.
Here are some things we do know:
- There are radical curriculum changes taking place across the board and, for many states, standards are not actually going up; they are going down.
- Common Core is not state led, even though some states feel like they had a hand in designing it; it is top-down and will remove all local control of and accountability for education.
- Under Common Core (renamed College or Career Readiness) many students may be encouraged not to go to college. They may be placed on career tracks based on early grade school testing.
- The SAT and ACT are being rewritten to accompany the Common Core. This means that private and home schools will have to teach their students “to the test” if they are going to do well on college entrance tests–or come up with creative options for getting into or around college.
- It is very likely that testing and data tracking will be required for all the students in your state, if the state wants to collect federal dollars. Given the options of federal dollars or granting privacy exemptions for private school and home school students, which do you think the state will take?
- Some of the privately published curricula used by home school families is changing to align with Common Core.
Even when you feel like you know a lot about Common Core, it can be hard to focus on what one person can do to reverse the tide. If you’re in that boat and you feel like you’re sinking, please consider the following links life-preservers.