Massachusetts Dumps Common Core
The State Board of Education in Massachusetts has decided that it will opt out of Common Core and develop its own state standards—to the dismay of Common Core advocates.
It comes as no surprise that a “top-down, one-size-fits-all” approach to education is not working for the people of Massachusetts.
Interestingly, this policy reversal comes at the recommendation of Mitchell Chester, one of Common Core’s main architects. When a program’s leading advocate admits that it is not working, it is time to give that program a second look.
The sentiment held in Massachusetts is shared by parents, students, teachers, and school administrators all over the country. A recent poll found that approval for common core plummeted to 46 percent among teachers in 2014, a 30-point drop from 2013. Approval among parents indicates a similar pattern, with overall approval rates dropping from 65 percent in 2013 to 53 percent in 2014.