$20-million Cost to Opt Against Common Core Standards

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October 1, 2013 —  A state financial analysis suggests that Indiana would spend roughly $20-million more in the next couple years if it opts against using national Common Core education standards and their associated assessments.

The Indiana Office of Management and Budget reports the state would need the money to develop its own assessment system that would be separate from Common Core.

The study will be presented today to a legislative committee that is studying whether Indiana should implement Common Core, a set of K-12 school standards created by a group of state education officials and endorsed by President Barack Obama’s administration.

The study also finds that there’s little difference between the ongoing costs of testing under Common Core or the state’s own program.

“The OMB report leaves no room for debate: Common Core is the fiscally responsible choice for Hoosier taxpayers,” said Justin Ohlemiller, executive director of Stand for Children, a group pushing for the new standards.

The legislative committee’s work is part of a larger effort to determine whether Indiana should stick with Common Core, which it adopted in 2010 and has already implemented in kindergarten and first grade.

Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled General Assembly voted to pause implementation of Common Core to conduct a multi-faceted study of the standards. That study includes work by the legislative committee, the education department, the State Board of Education and other officials.


By Lesley Weidenbener,


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