In a recent guest column in the Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant attempts to defend his recent flip-flop on support for Common Core State Standards and PARCC.
Now in 2014, we know something went terribly wrong. State control over the standards
turned out to be a myth, and adopting the standards has been requiredif a state wants to even
apply for major federal education funding. So much for no federal control.
With good reason, states and parents have become increasingly concerned that Common Core is not what it first seemed and that it may not be right for our schools.
I have attended several meetings with other governors where hard questions are being asked about this system.
Many of us had not been part of the original group of states that determined things like how schoolchildren would be tested under the
Common Core program. In fact, it seems that the method used to choose the test intended to be used with Common Core—the PARCC assessment—was improper according to the Mississippi Personal Service Contract Review Board.
Yet, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) pushed it through anyway under claim of emergency, costing taxpayers $8.5 million. Of the 24 states that at one time decided to use the PARCC test,
only 9(including Mississippi thanks to MDE) remain on board. Clearly, many states have found reasons—legal and otherwise—they should not be participating in Common Core and the PARCC assessment.