Not all states approved the Common Core State Standards, and some of those that did are now reconsidering whether to implement them. But it turns out that the standards could wind up affecting students in every state — even if their legislatures reject the initiative.
Students in every state take the high-stakes college admissions exams, the SAT and the ACT, as well as the newly designed GED, the high school equivalency test used as an alternative way to get a high school diploma. And all of those exams are going to be aligned to the Common Core standards, at least that is what their respective owners say.
David Coleman, one of the co-authors of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards and now the head of the College Board, which owns the SAT, has said that the exam will be Core-aligned, though when is not known. ACT, the organization that owns the ACT test, is an “active partner” with the Core initiative and says that the exam is already aligned to the standards. Meanwhile, the for-profit corporation owned jointly by Pearson and the American Council on Education that is developing the new GED says it, too, will be aligned to the Core when it is is unveiled next year.
A blog post at the Heritage Foundation’s website notes that this same issue also affects home-schooled students.
It is unclear how much it will really matter to students who go to school in states that did not adopt the Common Core and then take any of these tests. It will be interesting to see if in fact there is any change in the scores that can be linked to Core-aligned education. If there’s not, there will be big questions as to exactly how impactful the Core is anywhere.