The media has hyped state angst around implementation of an initiative called Common Core. Forty-five states and D.C. have adopted these voluntary academic standards in English and math (developed under the leadership of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers). But recently, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah have withdrawn from the sophisticated assessments that are designed to measure how students perform against the standards, opting instead for cheaper home-grown options.
It shouldn't be a surprise that some states are reluctant to adopt tests that attempt to measure progress against the Common Core State Standards. Three steps can prevent this resistance from escalating and potentially undoing the Common Core:
Common Core and its assessments will simply provide us with the diagnosis of the disease. But without the diagnosis, we'll never be able to determine the right cure.