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 required if a state wants to even apply for major federal education fundingThis is false, as explained on our blog.. 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.Such as? If we knew the questions we might be able to help you get factual answers.

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 programProgram? Common Core is not a program, it’s a set of K-12 math and English/language arts standards.. 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 9Actually, 13 states are current members of the PARCC Governing Board. (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.


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