Common Standards: Bumps in the Road to State Adoption?
As the common standards initiative nears the point of producing the final standards document, more attention will shift to the states as they weigh adoption.
A good bit of outreach is taking shape by standards advocates to address states' concerns. But it's not hard to imagine that there will be a number of bumps in the road in more than a few places.
This account of a recent regional policy summit hosted by the Council of State Governments is generally upbeat and supportive of the standards, but contains a few tidbits about some things states are wary about.
One is the prospect of comparing states that have differing levels of resources. There's also concern about whether states can implement the standards quickly, and whether they can afford the necessary investments in professional development.
Stay tuned as the landscape of state adoptions—and rhetoric about adoptions—becomes clearer.