by Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
August 22, 2013
Both the Governor and State School Superintendent agree that Georgia retains the flexibility to make changes to its standards. None of the four states that decided not to participate in the Common Core – Texas, Virginia, Alaska and Nebraska – lost federal funding as a result. Virginia, which never adopted the Common Core, was able to negotiate a waiver to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act without implementing the Common Core. It is uncertain how the federal Department of Education would treat states opting out of the Common Core. Georgia decision makers should also be aware that publishers of national tests such as the SAT, ACT and AP tests have announced plans to align these tests to the Common Core. If this happens, Georgia’s public, private and home-schooled students could be at a disadvantage if they are tested on material they have not been taught.