Friends and foes of the Common Core standards packed a meeting room in Indiana to discuss its future.
This issue creates strange alliances. The new state superintendent Glenda Ritz opposes them. So does the Tea Party. But other hard-right conservatives like former superintendent Tony Bennett and Jeb Bush are strong advocates for CC.
Mike Petrilli of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute urged the legislators to stay the course because the CC will raise performance (how does he know?), the states started the standards (not really), and the states will get lots of innovation once there is a national marketplace (a new era for edu-entrepreneurs).
It is impossible to know how the CC standards will work, since no one knows. Most people think scores will drop, since that happened in Kentucky. New York state’s leaders have already predicted a big score decline. Will there be more and better academic achievement? No one knows.