Low-income students in states looking to ditch the Common Core were more likely to score lower on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than their low-income peers in states that stuck to strong academic standards, the Center for American Progress finds in a new report.
The report combines both empirical and anecdotal evidence. Oklahoma and South
Carolina recently left the Common Core. Both states generally have low levels
of achievement, the report says. Just 13 percent of Oklahoma's low-income
middle school students are performing at grade-level in math. In South
Carolina, it's 14 percent. The numbers for low-income students are higher than
the national average, but still very low, the report says.
Low-income students in D.C., Florida, Massachusetts and Tennessee have
posted some of the largest gains on NAEP, however. These states stuck to the
implementation of rigorous academic standards, the report notes.
"While there is an important debate over the definition of
standards-based reform - and this analysis is undoubtedly anecdotal and
impressionistic - it appears clear that states that have not embraced the
approach have shown less success, while more reform-oriented states have shown
higher gains over the long term," the report says.