As voters in the state of Massachusetts will opine on whether to abandon higher standards this fall, I've been trying to keep an eye on other states that are backing off of standards. In Louisiana, for example, where the state is moving away from the Common Core, dozens of teachers and legislators spent thousands of hours on rewriting standards.
Perhaps most relevant to the citizens and taxpayers, this seems like a lot of time and energy for very little payoff. In various states that have made similar changes to standards policy, the result of the person-power has been modest changes to standards.
More importantly, though, every time standards, tests, assessments, and curricula change, we're really just making teachers' lives more difficult. I wish more states, including Massachusetts, would spend more time following through on the rigorous, high standards they've already adopted, rather than making teachers' lives more difficult once again by pursuing politically motivated changes.