Gov. Steve Beshear and Commissioner Terry Holliday defend Kentucky’s participation in the Common Core in an op-ed in the Lane Report.
In the article, they note that Kentucky was the first state to teach and test using the Common Core State Standards. They also note that the stronger curriculum is yielding results in terms of increased graduation rates and a decreased need for remediation among high school graduates attending Kentucky colleges.
Kentucky’s leading role should be no surprise. Since the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, Kentucky has taken the lead on using rigorous, relevant curriculum and holding students to high standards. The higher expectations combined with increased investment in schools helped Kentucky become one of the fastest-improving states on the NAEP.
The lesson of 20 years of progress is that successful reform requires meaningful investment. Or, as Stu Silberman put it, Reform Without Funding is Dead.
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