Does Indiana Signal the Beginning of the End of the Common Core?

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Indiana made history, when it became the first state to officially abandon the Common Core State Standards, prompting educators and politicians to wonder if this isn’t the beginning of the end of the Common Core as we know it.

When the U.S Government originally rolled out the Common Core, five states stood out, disdaining the initiative. Certainly, Alaska, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas and Virginia looked like rebels, when they said No to federal intrusion and nationwide standardization.

The real rebel

Indiana, which originally adopted the Common Core but recently pulled out, is education’s new rebel, in what appears to be a growing move to obliterate the CCSS. More than 200 bills were introduced this year, according to the Indy Star, on the Common Core, with more than half of those proposing to stop implementation of the standards.

With so much legislation cropping up across the country, I wonder if Indiana will look like a leader in this fight or just a rebel without a cause.

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Mark Barnes is the author of many education books, including Bestseller Hacking Education, part of his Hack Learning Series, books that solve big problems with simple ideas. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and student-centered learning. Join more than 100,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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