DeVos says Com­mon Core now moot

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

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.

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