I don't mind having access to a national grassroots standard, as long as we have the flexibility to amend/modify/add/delete anything to make it better.
Math teachers I have talked to believe the standard will do 2 things,
help ACT scores rise and decrease the number of students taking
remedial math when they reach college.
Many do not like the no text books and wants other options.
are those that would have taken 8th grade Algebra that would take
Calculus their senior year that should not have to waste their 8th grade
and could move faster and those that are not understanding the
concepts, and may not understand, that have traditionally been taught by
The standard, a is a one size fits all approach, which will only work with the middle students.
The race to the top funding competition provided little time for the
states to adopt common core, so almost no legislatures were involved in
the adoption nationally. With the National Governors Association behind
it, I am not surprised it was signed in the approx. 2 months the states
were given initially. Federal Funds are the only enforcement tool, and
we haven't got any of them over this yet.
I believe it was Governor Huntsman in 2009 who signed up for this
direction along with the state school board who was acting
constitutionally: "The general control and supervision of the public
education system shall be vested in a State Board of Education. ", were
within their duties. Saying the Feds are outside their constitutional
powers is one thing, which I agree with, but saying the state school
board was outside theirs is an argument that would be lost.
The only thing the legislature has done so far is raise concerns and
provide some barrier to federal control, calling it Utah's Common Core
in the Statewide Adaptive Testing request for proposal. The feds have
lowered the student privacy laws and so we have tied Utah's student
privacy laws to any Statewide Adaptive Testing system funding. See 2012
HB 15 and 2012 SB 97.
2012 SCR 13 passed the senate, but ran out of time in the House. I am
not sure it would have passed and the house killed a move to bump it to
the top of a short list at the end.
The schools have spent the last 2 summers gearing up for this, and
changing their books, etc. If the legislature is going to now get
further involved, it should be very limited.