Whether the Common Core standards are good or bad, one thing that is clear is that they have opened up multiple opportunities for entrepreneurs.
The textbook industry is retooling, at least adding stickers that say their products are aligned with the Common Core.
Pearson is developing a complete curriculum package in mathematics and reading, for almost every grade, assisted by the Gates Foundation. Children in some district will be able to take their lessons from Pearson products from the isearliest years right through to high school graduation.
Consultants are standing by, ready to sell products and services to school districts.
Here is one interesting list of what is available. There are many more.
What is happening now was not unexpected. Indeed, it is the intended result, it was planned for, hoped for, envisioned.
Joanne Weiss, who helped design Race to the Top and is now chief of staff to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, described the plan:
The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments. Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis. But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.
Weiss spent many years as an edu-entrpreneur, engaged in the design, development and marketing of products for the education industry.
We don’t know yet whether Common Core standards will improve the education of America’s children. But of this we can be sure: They will be good for the education industry.