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InsiderOnline Blog: March 2012

Cost of Common Core

Adopting federal education standards won’t be cost-free. Forty-five states have committed to adopting Common Core Standards, but none have released a cost analysis of the project. The Pioneer Institute in Massachusetts, however, has made a stab at pegging the nationwide costs. Using previous state experiences with implementing new standards as a guide, Pioneer calculates that participating states will have to spend $10.5 billion initially just to set up the new standards. Those funds will be needed in order to obtain new textbooks and instructional materials, train the teachers to implement new standards, and upgrade school computers and networks to implement online testing. The annual cost of the testing and maintaining the online testing system will add another half a billion to a billion dollars every year, the Institute estimates. The nationwide cost over the first seven years of implementing Common Core Standards will be $15.8 billion, says the Pioneer study (“National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common Core Standards,” February 2012).

Posted on 03/01/12 05:43 PM by Alex Adrianson

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