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One of former President Barack Obama’s legacy-making initiatives was the Common Core State Standards for public education.
So confident was the Obama administration in the new standards for English and math, designed to make students ready for college and the workforce, that the administration tied grant funding from the Department of Education to them.
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that the testing part of the program would be “an absolute game-changer.” Almost a decade on, Duncan said if he had it all to “do all over again, I would push even harder than we did” for the program.
Bill Gates, one of the initiative’s biggest supporters, said in 2014 that it would “improve education for millions of students.”
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So, how’s it all working out? Not swimmingly, according to a study by the Center for Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning, a federally funded group.
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C-SAIL’s assumption after looking at the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam between 2010 and 2017 was that scores would go up. They assumed wrong.
“Contrary to our expectation, we found that [Common Core] had significant negative effects on 4th graders’ reading achievement during the 7 years after the adoption of the new standards, and had a significant negative effect on 8th graders’ math achievement 7 years after adoption based on analyses of NAEP composite scores,” the study, published in April, said.
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“The size of these negative effects, however, was generally small.”
The study also noted that “the grade 4 reading achievement in the treatment states would have improved significantly more after the adoption the new standards had the states continued with their old standards, thus reflecting negative effects of the new [Common Core] standards.”
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