Common Core Likely to Resurface
as Top Education Issue for 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky.--While many of the issues facing state policymakers when they reconvene for the 2014 session will involve money once again--such as how to deal with federal funding cuts while continuing to finance core programs--many states also will be revisiting familiar education issues.
CSG released its annual listing of the top 5 issues legislators will face this session in education, energy and the environment, fiscal, health, interstate compacts and transportation.
Common core, an initiative of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, sets standards for skills students should master at every grade level in English language arts and math.
Many states--even those that have adopted the common core--are beginning to question their decision.
Quote from Pam Goins, CSG Director of Education Policy
"Rising numbers of stakeholders are questioning the Common Core State Standards Initiative, state assessment systems and teacher evaluation models. Of the 45 states that adopted the common core, as many as 20 states may re-open the discussion on rigorous academic standards. The remaining states likely will review their commitment to overhauling state assessment and accountability systems.
"When legislatures open their doors in January, policymakers will be asked to focus their attention on transformational policies that will ensure all students are provided a rich educational environment that prepares them for their future, whether that is in college, in a career or simply starting along their path in life."