Today, you will hear many compelling testimonies in support of the Common Core State Standards. Supporters of Common Core would have you put blinders on regarding the standards. They say, “Common Core is just standards.” That is true. The Common Core are simply a set of standards that say what students need to know and must be able to do at various grade levels in math and language arts. But viewing Common Core only as standards ignores reality. The fact is that adoption and implementation of the Common Core marks one of the most monumental shifts in education policy for Missouri and the rest of the nation. You see, standards undergird everything in education. By adopting Common Core, Missouri has ushered in an era of greater centralized control of our education system. House Bill 1490 will allow Missourians to reclaim that control.

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About the Author

James Shuls
James Shuls
Distinguished Fellow of Education Policy

James V. Shuls is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Distinguished Fellow in Education Policy at the Show-Me Institute.