The Common Core State Standards don’t amount to a “federal power grab,” according to a January report released by a Mississippi state watchdog committee.
Mississippi’s Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and
Expenditure Review took a comprehensive look at the standards, adopted by the
state in 2010. In a 94-page report, the PEER committee addresses whether the
state should be concerned about warnings over the standards often echoed by
“PEER did not find credible evidence that the Common Core State Standards
initiative is a federal ‘power grab’ or an effort to usurp the authority of
states and local school districts in setting curricula for the purpose of
social or political change,” the report says. “Based on an analysis of the
history and development of CCSS, its primary focus has been on developing
internationally competitive content statements that clearly specify what
students should be able to understand and be able to do at a particular grade
The report also emphasizes that the standards weren’t developed under the
influence of special interests. The standards were developed by the National
Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and others,
and funded through fees, contracts, federal grants and contributions from
foundations and corporations.
The state board of education is likely to approve the new high school course
descriptions, a transition plan for new assessments and new textbooks aligned
to the standards, The Associated Press reports.
— Caitlin Emma