Wisconsin changes its mind on Common Core

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker declared that the state will write new state standards after lawmakers pass a bill next year to repeal the Common Core State Standards.

In 2010, 46 states adopted the Standards; now several of those states are reconsidering their decision to support the CCSS and the accompanying assessments.

Three states have done away with the standards completely.  Indiana was the first to revoke the Standards with plans to write new ones. Like Indiana, Oklahoma has done away with the Standards and the state Supreme Court recently upheld the decision. South Carolina is keeping the Standards for the 2014-15 school year, but the governor has signed a bill mandating new standards for 2015-16.

Several states have decided to withdraw from assessment consortiums. Louisiana has blocked the use of any assessments associated with CCSS. Alabama and Kansas have withdrawn from the Smarter Balanced Assessments Consortium and Florida has left PARCC. Mississippi and North Carolina have established a panel to review the Standards and accompanying assessments; their job is to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding their use.  

Legislators and governors opposed to CCSS and the accompanying assessments, give a variety of reasons for their actions: they resent federal interference in state issues; there's concern over unauthorized use of student data; the belief that states can craft better state standards; the cost and quality of assessments are in question.

Right now, Michigan is somewhere in the middle. Legislators approved funding for Common Core, but have delayed choosing an assessment to measure student growth.