The 2016 Brown Center Report (BCR), which was published a couple weeks ago, presented a survey of Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this article, I wish to elaborate on a topic touched upon but deserving further attention: what you should expect in Common Core’s immediate political future. I discuss four key challenges that CCSS will face between now additionally, the end of the year.

Let’s set the stage for the discussion. The BCR study produced two major findings. First, several changes that CCSS promotes in curriculum and instruction seem to be taking place within the school level. Second, states that adopted CCSS and now have been implementing the standards have registered approximately the same gains and losses on NAEP as states that either adopted and rescinded CCSS or never adopted CCSS from the start. I have listed associations and cannot be interpreted as saying anything about CCSS’s causal impact. Politically, that won’t really matter. The massive story is that NAEP scores are flat for six years, an unprecedented stagnation in national achievement that states have experienced in spite of their stance on CCSS. Yes, it’s unfair, but CCSS is paying a political price for all disappointing NAEP scores. No clear NAEP differences are located between CCSS adopters and non-adopters to reverse that political dynamic.

TIMSS and PISA scores in November-December

NAEP has two separate test programs. The scores released in 2015 were to the main NAEP, which began in 1990. The long term trend (LTT) NAEP, a different test which was first caved 1969, is not administered since 2012. That it was scheduled receive in 2016, but was cancelled as a consequence of budgetary constraints. It was next scheduled for 2020, but last fall officials cancelled that round of testing at the same time, which means that the LTT NAEP won’t be given again until 2024.

With the LTT NAEP on hold, couple of international assessments will soon offer estimates of U.S. achievement that, such as the two NAEP tests, provide scientific sampling: PISA and TIMSS. Both tests were administered in 2015, and the new scores will likely be released across the Thanksgiving-Christmas duration of 2016. If PISA and TIMSS look at the stagnant trend in U.S. achievement, expect CCSS for taking another political hit. America’s performance on international tests engenders lots of hand wringing anyway, so that the respond to disappointing PISA or TIMSS scores might be a lot more pronounced compared to the disappointing NAEP scores generated.

Is teacher support still declining?

Watch Education Next‘s survey on Common Core (usually released in August/September) and be aware of teacher support for CCSS. The popularity line has become heading steadily south. In 2013, 76 percent of teachers said they supported CCSS and just 12 percent were opposed. In 2014, teacher support fell to 43 percent and opposition grew to 37 percent. In 2015, opponents outnumbered supporters somebody in charge of, Fifty % to 37 percent. Further erosion of teacher support will indicate that Common Core’s implementation is within trouble within the walk out. Don’t forget: teachers include the final implementers of standards.

An effort by Common Core supporters to modify NAEP

The 2015 NAEP math scores were disappointing. Watch for a trial by Common Core supporters to change the NAEP math tests. Michael Cohen, President of Achieve, a prominent pro-CCSS organization, released an assertion concerning the 2015 NAEP scores that included these: “The nation’s Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP, should carefully review its frameworks and assessments in order to guarantee that NAEP is step when using the leadership within the states. It seems that you will find a mismatch between NAEP and all states’ math standards, no matter whether there’re common standards or otherwise not.”

Reviewing and potentially revising the NAEP math framework is long overdue. The last adoption is in 2004. The argument for changing NAEP to put greater increased exposure of number and operations, revisions which would bring NAEP into closer alignment with Common Core, also has merit. I have a longstanding position to the NAEP math framework. In 2001, I urged the nation’s Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) to reject the draft 2004 framework since it was weak on numbers and operations-and especially weak on assessing student proficiency with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.

Common Core’s math standards are right in line with my 2001 complaint. Despite my sympathy for Common Core advocates’ position, changing your NAEP ought not to be made as a consequence of Common Core. In this particular 2001 testimony, I urged NAGB to absolve wedding ceremony of NAEP while using the 1989 standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the maths reform document that have guided the chief NAEP since its inception. Reform movements appear and vanish, I argued. NAGB’s job will be to keep NAEP rigorously neutral. The assessment’s integrity depends upon it. NAEP was originally meant to function as rule of thumb, not quite as a PR device for 1 reform and other. If NAEP is changed it needs to be done cautiously and should be rooted within the mathematics children must learn. The political consequences of computer appearing that powerful groups in Washington, DC are changing “The Nation’s Report Card” to enable Common Core to be better will hurt both Common Core and NAEP.

Will Opt Out grow?

Watch the Opt Out movement. In 2015, several organized groups of parents refused to enable their children for taking Common Core tests. In Nyc state alone, about 60,000 opted outside in 2014, skyrocketing to 200,000 in 2015. Common Core testing for 2016 begins now and explains May. It will likely be imperative that you determine if Opt Out can expand with other states, grow in numbers, and branch out beyond middle- and upper-income neighborhoods.


Common Core is actually a number of years into implementation. Supporters had difficulty persuading skeptics that any great results have occurred. The very best evidence has become mixed with that question. CCSS advocates say it is just too big early to see, and we’ll have to wait to see the extensive benefits. That defense will not work for much longer. Time is depleted. The political challenges that Common Core faces the entire content of in 2010 may determine if it survives.

This post originally appeared over the Brown Center Chalkboard.