by Robert Scott
Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
September 11, 2013
Drawing generously from the experience in Texas, one of only a handful of states that has thus far refused to adopt Common Core, this paper outlines a brief history of the initiative and the federal programs designed, in part, to incentivize states to join the effort. It goes on to describe the many costs, financial and otherwise, that accompany Common Core, not least of which is the cost to states of sacrificing their autonomy to make decisions about standards, testing and the many other aspects of education upon which these things touch. The paper ends with a brief discussion of the likely road ahead for national education reform and makes recommendations for how policymakers and concerned citizens might think about the proper federal and state roles in education vis–à–vis national standards and tests.