The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) was the Obama administration’s endeavor to create a standardized national K-12 curriculum. Implemented in 2009, Common Core was intended to improve educational outcomes and “level the playing field” for all students. Instead of making things better, the quality of education that American students receive has degraded.
Professor James Milgram, the only member of the Common Core Validation Committee who holds a doctorate in Mathematics, refused to sign off on the Common Core math standards (Pioneer Institute). He stated they would put American students two years behind their peers in Europe and Asia.
Kentucky was the first state to adopt Common Core standards. The National Assessment of Educational Progress found that student performance in math and literature stagnated in Kentucky. Another report showed a 4 point drop in math performance among 8th graders. Kentucky is not the only state with Common Core issues: A perplexed parent from New York lamented, “Kids can’t learn 6x8=48 anymore…it’s now 6x8=(5+1)x8.”
Common Core also revamps the reading and literature curriculum. It replaces up to 70% of the classic readings with “informational texts” like government documents and technical writing. Imagine replacing The Great Gatsby with “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag” – a real text on Common Core’s recommended reading lists.
Back in 2009, when Common Core was first implemented, there were 23 OECD nations whose students scored higher than American students. Three years later, 29 nations outperformed the United States by a statistically significant margin (NPR).
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