DeVos says Common Core now moot
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Monday that Common Core isn’t an issue states have to deal with any more.
“There’s isn’t really any Common Core anymore, and each state is able to set the standards for their state,” said Ms. DeVos on Fox News.
Instead, the department is focusing on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was passed in December 2015 but is still in the process of being implemented. The act replaces No Child Left Behind, but gives states more authority in how to rate and address schools’ performance. It also prohibits the department from influencing states to adopt Common Core.
Ms. DeVos explained, “The Every Student Succeeds Act, which is in the process of being implemented now, essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core.”
Common Core was a set of educational standards all 50 states could opt into with the possibility of receiving federal grants depending on their performance.
It was widely unpopular among conservative groups who claimed it gave more power to the federal government without addressing the major issues of education.