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Common Core No Longer A Federal Priority

Apr 25, 2017

 - The Washington Times - Monday, April 24, 2017

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said Monday that Common Core isn’t an issue states have to deal with anymore. “There’s isn’t really any Common Core anymore, and each state is able to set the standards for their state,” Ms. DeVos said on Fox News.

Instead, the department is focusing on the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was passed in December 2015 but is still in the process of being implemented. It replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, but gives states more authority in how to rate and address schools’ performance.   It also prohibits the department from influencing states to adopt Common Core, a set of educational standards all 50 states could opt into with the possibility of receiving federal grants depending on their performance.

“The Every Student Succeeds Act, which is in the process of being implemented now, essentially does away with the whole argument about Common Core,” Ms. DeVos said.

Common Core was widely unpopular among conservative groups who claimed it gave more power to the federal government without addressing the major issues of education.