Unclear on Common Core
I hope one of the things that comes out of Gov. Corbett's request for clarification on Pennsylvania's adoption of national Common Core standards (“Corbett wants clarification on education standards,” May 23 and TribLIVE.com) is a public document clearly outlining what Pennsylvania has added to them.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education keeps insisting the state version of these K-12 requirements is different, but since Pennsylvania and every adopting state agreed they would not change Common Core itself and would add only up to 15 percent, what the department means is currently unknown to those outside it. That's not transparent governance.
Taxpayers, parents and teachers deserve to know, just like the governor, what exactly Pennsylvania kids will be learning and what the state Department of Education felt was necessary to add. It would also be nice if the department would release what research and evidence backs up its changes and which contributed to its decision to trade state standards for Common Core in the first place.
It's crazy how the people who pay for these things have to beg to know what they paid for and what it will mean for them.
The writer is an education research fellow at The Heartland Institute (heartland.org).