Benefits and blame still up in the air

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Common Core logoA recent study indicates that Common Core is not measuring up to the promises proponents made a decade ago, but an advocate for educational freedom doesn't necessarily blame the standards for the shortcomings in education.

The Pioneer Institute, a public policy research organization that develops and communicates dynamic ideas that advance prosperity and a vibrant civic life, recently released a report titled "The Common Core Debacle" that reveals a historic drop in national reading and math scores among U.S. students.

Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute is reserved in his judgment. 

"I would not be prepared to say definitively that the Common Core did do that, because there are all sorts of things that happen in education and that [have] happened in education in the time that Common Core has been implemented," he comments.

McCluskey, Neal (Cato Institute)But McCluskey does point out that there is no evidence that the standards have resulted in the benefits that its proponents suggested might result.

"In particular, it hasn't produced any discernible benefits that justify having circumvented the Constitution and the legislative process to have the federal government coerce states to adopt both the Common Core Standards and the tests to go with them," he tells OneNewsNow.

Breitbart notes the study goes on to recommend a reevaluation of federal involvement in education.

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