Common Core Spending Will Likely Not Bear Any Fruit


WSKG, an NPR affiliate station, aired an interview with Mindy Kornhaber from Penn State University who was one of the authors of a new study that tracked Common Core spending.

In a nutshell, all of this spending likely won’t impact student achievement.

Some of the interview highlights:

On the Race to the Top competition:

Kornhaber: Within the Race to the Top guidelines, there were five criteria and two of those relate directly to the Common Core. They called for [the use of] common standards and the use of common assessments for which only the Common Core state standards really were available.

On how the money was spent:

Kornhaber: Well, different states used it to get their systems aligned to the Common Core. So they used it in part to get data systems that could track how well kids were doing. They used it in New York State specifically to develop curriculum modules. [They used it] to help districts in some states get access to better professional development that would enable teachers to teach to the new standards and things like that.

On why she likens it to the Gold Rush:

Kornhaber: For the Common Core, teachers and districts and states were asked to mine for better student achievement and to do that, they would need a lot of equipment. They’d need new computers, they’d new data systems, they’d need new curriculum materials, etc. But as in the case of the Gold Rush, most people who went mining in search of gold did not come up with gold.

Jaspers: So you’re saying that despite all of this money being spent, it’s not necessarily going to yield better results. That’s, kind of, your read on the situation?

Kornhaber: Yes. And that read comes from the fact that prior reforms that are similar to the Common Core also did not boost achievement.

A couple of things to mention. First we’ve noted that this was going to be a colossal waste of money, and secondly, this demonstrates that money was spent to develop curriculum at the state level as was the case in New York so let’s dispense with the nonsense that Common Core was just about standards.

2 thoughts on “Common Core Spending Will Likely Not Bear Any Fruit

  1. How much does misery cost?

    About $12.1 billion over the next few years.

    That should be some first-class misery. And it’s on you. Your treat! Enjoy!

    The vulture capitalists can smell your misery from miles away … and they’re so ready to pick your wallets clean.

    Big Pharma, Big Oil, and Big Banks were just warm-up routines for Big Education. Your own schools will be the investment oases of this new century … with a renewable stream of your own tax dollars until … until we all come to our senses. Or go broke.

    Common Core is mutating before our very eyes. Tutoring shops are popping up like nail salons … poised to teach your children the mathematics no one understands. There’s on-line stuff and review books and videos and endless survival sites.

    In some cases, elementary parents have hired tutors to deal with the Common Core weirdness and the homework chaos … “ I tried to help—but it was just too much and I had to find a tutor,” one mom confessed. That little mea culpa costs her $300 a week. Do the math … the old way. Nice chunk of change, eh?

    What’s childhood without a dose of anxiety, right? “I work with a lot of frustrated moms and dads who can’t seem to help their 6th grader with their math homework,” said the owner of Bright Kids. Bright Kids? I’m not touching that irony … at all. Just don’t forget your credit card.

    These are money-making ventures with handsome returns on investment. Private tutors boast of Common Core expertise as well as SAT talents. There’s even an on-line search engine just for “affordable tutors”. Misery tutors. A profession is born!

    Psssst! … and the lawyers haven’t even packed their carpetbags yet.

    So … pony up for tutors and tablets and software and tech up-grades. Don’t forget those Common Core texts and workbooks. Testing isn’t free, you know? … even if it’s asinine. And teacher-training costs big bucks. This, folks, is the cost of misery … and failure … and incompetence.

    This is the price we’ll pay to nuzzle up to our Third World pals … who some insist are our equals … all in the hope that one day … because of the miracle of Common Core … we might find our nation firmly wedged between Gabon and Borneo in meaningless rankings that have the same glamour as twerking.

    When did we become such sheep? And then pay for the privilege?

    Denis Ian

    1. You are right about everything that you say except when you get to your very last line. I don’t think anyone wanted to become “sheep” and pay for the privilege. I guess I have to admit that I thought our government would do things for the greater good of the citizens. Sure, I believed there would be bad and greedy politicians, but SO many being corrupt is just a surprise to everyone. It has become lie upon lie to cover up another lie all in the name of greed. It is so hard to untangle the web of lies that citizens don’t know what to do. The truth came out with the recession and the one’s that caused the collapse in the first place were being “bailed out ” while the middle class lost financial ground and had to fight to put food on the table. Yes, we allowed this to happen, because we were all complacent and happy with the status quo and we had no need to question.

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