by Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Georgia Public Policy Foundation
January 21, 2014
The Common Core State Standards Initiative defines itself as “a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.” Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue co-chaired the initiative for the National Governors Association. Georgia already had high academic standards in place. In 2004, Georgia adopted the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for all subjects and all grade levels. Both the math and English language arts standards were ranked in the top 10 in the nation by the Fordham Institute. Current controversy over the Common Core provides an opportunity for Georgia to be a test case. Georgia and other states with similar concerns should band together to ensure that Common Core remains a voluntary, state-driven initiative that is never allowed to be a top-down effort to impose weak national standards.