Expense of Common Core Standards
Now that Common Core Standards will be in full swing in state standardized testing next year, schools across the nation will be scrambling to find the funds to implement these new standards. Education Week says that it is estimated that the cost to implement the Common Core State Standards could be as much as $8.3 billion, depending on the tools they choose to use and a total of over $16 billion in the first seven years. The Obama Administration created a stimulus package with $4.35 billion for states to join the Common Core Standards and compete in the Race to the Top program. According to Truth in American Education, most of those states who opted in did not receive any of the stimulus money. Some states that are adopting Common Core Standards, already had superior standards, but had to do away with and replace their superior standards with Common Core. School Districts will need to independently fund the changes such as textbooks, computers, online materials, tests and teacher training. What about the School Districts that do not have the means to fund the changes? These districts will struggle to implement Common Core in time. Many students will be unprepared for standardized testing that will include full implementation of Common Core. It will take time to see accurate results of the implementation. It seems that the billions of dollars spent on Common Core will grant every student across the nation the same set of standards with that comes equal opportunity. When full implementation of Common Core is upon us, will the students continue to strive to compete, or will the knowledge of knowing exactly what is expected to create mediocrity? You can also read my blog post about the Hopeful Benefits and Downfalls of Common Core posted on the Schoolsin Website.