"Found a nice piece on Common Core in the States. Gives a good picture of how change happens in the States.

"The Common Core State Standards Initiative (Common Core) is being led by two entities, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center). These two organizations have come together and partnered with Achieve Inc., ACT, and the College Board. (Council of Chief State School Officers [CCSSO], 2009, September 9)"
Although most of the blog and twitter sphere talk about the federal government role, in fact education policy is made at the State Level and the policy comes from the Governor's. "Chief State School Officers" are typically appointed by the governor although it may vary State by State.

My takeaway is the folks closest to the problem, but it's cost and the service it gives to their publics are behind Common Core. That says to me it has the political muscles to have a deep effect on education service delivery.

It's good to note that it was the Western States Governors that established one of the more disruptive innovations in teacher training. You can read more about WGU at http://www.wgu.edu/about_WGU/overview

From the link:

"Basic Tuition for Most Programs is Just $2,890 Per Six-Month Term
WGU charges tuition at a flat rate every six months, so you pay for the time, not the credit hours. Compare that with what other reputable, regionally accredited online universities charge, and you’ll discover WGU tuition is typically half the cost."

Note "you pay for the time, not the credit hours." This turns upside down the traditional higher education business where one pays for the credit hours. A number of States are now passing legislation to remove "seat time" as a metric or requirement.

My view is this is preparing the legal structure to enable anytime any where learning with competency as the measured result.

Be curious how other folks see these developments...
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