An organization called Accountability Works estimates that national implementation of Common Core could cost as much as $15.8 billion.
Pioneer Institute estimates it will cost $16 billion over the next seven years. Pioneer’s executive director said, “With state and local taxpayers footing 90% of the bill for K-12 public education, the federal government’s push to get states to adopt national [Common Core] standards and tests amounts to one big unfunded mandate.” One reason why Common Core is so expensive is that Common Core tests will be administered using a computer, which means that every student needs either a computer or an iPad with a keyboard. Those who have examined the Common Core standards for English say that teachers will need substantially more professional training, so they can understand what the new standards include, and how to fill the gaps in instruction that will be needed. Big business has been baited into supporting Common Core on the promise that the new national standards will train kids for entry into the workforce, but no one has yet proved that Common Core will achieve that objective.
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Further Reading: Common Core