Author(s): Jim Stergios — Publication date: 2012-02-16 Category: Education Abstract: I am here to testify in favor of S.604. I would like to share five concerns about the Common Core national standards and assessments. Importantly, states that have adopted the national standards and assessments have done so without adequate deliberation and without state legislative input. The quality of the standards is mediocre at best. The costs are outrageous. The promotion of national standards and assessments by the federal government is, in fact, illegal. Finally, the implementation of national standards and assessments limits the state’s ability to innovate and address underperforming schools with urgency.

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