The Absolute Failure of Common Core

Photo credit: Michael Bentley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Photo credit: Michael Bentley via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Common Core was well-intentioned — I don’t doubt the technocrats and the educrats and the billionaires and the politicians from both parties who got together to foist this on the American people without any input from parents imagined they were doing it for the best.

But the results are now in. As Polizette points out, if Common Core were going to work anywhere, it should be working in Kentucky, which has had four years to implement the program.

But Common Core — just reinforced by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the corrupted and/or dense GOP leadership in Washington — is a demonstrable failure:

If there is any place where Common Core should be soaring it is Kentucky, which has had more time to implement and adapt to the standards than any other state. But a batch of results released earlier this year indicates that students are not doing better in most grades — and in some cases even worse.

“We’re not doing very well,” said Richard Innes, an education analyst with the free market Bluegrass Institute. “After four years of Common Core, to have flat or declining test scores in math and English is definitely not very encouraging.”

The mediocre results show up not just on the new Common Core-aligned tests that Kentucky students take starting in third grade but, more tellingly, on the ACT college entrance exam. All Kentucky high school students, whether college-bound or not, take the test.

Innes noted that Kentucky eighth-graders also fared worse in math on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress test compared with 2013.

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.