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Common Core Politics and Elections: Where the Standards Stand Amid No Child Left Behind Rewrite, Post-Testing Glitches

With presidential campaigns gearing up alongside pending education overhaul in Congress, education’s latest political punching bag is taking bigger blows.

The Senate last week approved a No Child Left Behind rewrite that would rework the Bush-era law, which expanded the federal role in education, and return much education power to the states. Among the rewrite’s provisions is banning the federal government from incentivizing or mandating specific sets of academic standards, like the Common Core, which in recent years has become the target of political education backlash.

The Senate’s legislation comes just after students across the country completed their first year of Common Core-aligned exams in the spring. The testing process was less than perfect, with Nevada, Montana, and North Dakota dominating the airwaves with news of a botched exam rollout that crippled standardized testing across the states. Nevada has since filed a breach of contract notice for the technical outages with vendor Measured Progress, and is looking to sign a new deal with California-based CTB/McGraw-Hill.

As Common Core opponents fight more vociferously than supporters, RealClearEducation compiled an (unscientific) heat map that assesses Common Core’s risk of revocation in each state based on a number of measures, including the stances of state governors and superintendents, legislative warmth for the standards, and how previous attempts to edit or repeal the standards have fared in state legislatures. The states are rated on a scale of 0 (no risk of repeal) to 10 (very high risk of repeal). See our first heat map from December here.