Resources

Overview

Common Core State Standards What Parents, Taxpayers, and School Boards Should Know

This four page flyer gives an overview of the Common Core State Standards and provides reasons for opposing them by refuting many of the promotional claims. ~ March 2011

Controlling Education from the Top

This 23 page white paper written by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins and published by American Principles Project and the Pioneer Institute.  Common Core suffers from a number of systemic defects. We have already seen that the claims of state involvement and voluntariness are misleading at best. This paper demonstrates that other claims are doubtful as well, and that any state evaluating the Standards should consider the following problems: (1) quality and content of the Standards; (2) legality of the federal promotion of the Standards and assessments, and the usurpation of state autonomy; (3) governance of the Standards; (4) fiscal cost to the states; and (5) student and family privacy rights. ~ May 2012

Reasons for Concern About the Common Core

This one page document lists reasons for opposing the Common Core State Standards. ~ February 2012

Content

Common Core Standards Still Don’t Make the Grade

Why Massachusetts and California Must Regain Control of Their Academic Destinies, commissioned by the Pioneer Institute and written by Sandra Stotsky and Ze’ev Wurman.

Common Core State Standards Content,

a collection of information and reviews of the ELA and Math content standards.

Testimony for a Hearing on a South Carolina Bill to Amend the 1976 Code

South Carolina General Assembly’s K-12 Education Senate Subcommittee.  February 8, 2012.  The quality of the ELA standards is addressed. ~ Sandra Stotsky Professor of Education Reform

Testimony of Ze’ev Wurman ~ 2.19.12

South Carolina General Assembly’s K-12 Education Senate Subcommittee, Feb. 19, 2012. This addresses the quality of the Common Core math standards, negative effect of Common Core on AP/higher level math, and the cost of implementation.

Testimony of Ze’ev Wurman ~ 2.22.12

South Carolina General Assembly’s K-12 Education Senate Subcommittee, Feb. 22, 2012.  This addresses the quality of the Common Core math standards.

Legality & Process

Education Revolution…Without the People?

EmmettMcGroarty, TownHall Magazine, March 2011.  This explains how the federal government and special interests foisted the Common Core onto the states.

The Legal Aspects of the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, and Conditional Waivers

The Road to a National Curriculum: by Robert Eitel and Kent Talbert with contribution from Williamson Evers, commissioned by the Pioneer Institute and co-sponsored by American Principles Project, the Pacific Research Institute, and the Federalist Society, February 2012.  This discusses the illegal implementation of the Common Core Standards.

Cost to the States

National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core Standards

Commissioned by American Principles Project and Pioneer Institute,co-sponsored by Pacific Research Institute, and written by AccountabilityWorks.  The estimated cost of implementing the Common Core is $17 billion.

State Costs for Adopting and Implementing the Common Core State Standards

National Education Standards and Tests: Big Expense, Little Value. ~ Lindsey Burke February 18, 2011 The Heritage Foundation

Testimony of Ze’ev Wurman

South Carolina General Assembly’s K-12 Education Senate Subcommittee, Feb. 19, 2012. This addresses the quality of the Common Core math standards, negative effect of Common Core on AP/higher level math, and the cost of implementation.

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics: Analysis and Recommendations

Report to the Legislature January 2011, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State

Centralized Governance

Closing the Door on Innovation

Why One National Curriculum Is Bad for America:  A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto & The U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative To Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards, May 2011.

How Well Are American Students Learning?

2012 Brown Center Report on American Education:  With a section on predicting the effect of the Common Core State Standards, Brookings Institution, Feb. 16, 2012.

Testimony of Jay P. Greene

U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Education, Elementary, and Secondary Education. Sept. 21, 2011.  The evidence indicates that the Common Core’s central management nature will impair innovation.

Privacy and Data Collection

How the feds are tracking your kid

Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins,New York Post, Dec. 28, 2011.  This addresses how the State Longitudinal Database Systems threatens child and family privacy.

Exiting the Common Core

A National Education Standards Exit Strategy for States

Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation.  This explains how a state can develop an exit strategy from the Common Core.

RNC Resolution Concerning the Common Core Education Standards

Model Resolutions: This page has a collection of resolutions opposing the Common Core State Standards and related issues.