by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
According to a new report published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, North Carolina may have to spend as much as $302.5 million to implement the Common Core State Standards, a set of uniform English and math standards adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education, 44 other states, and D.C. Fordham is an outspoken proponent of the Common Core.
Researchers also estimated the cost of alternative approaches. North Carolina may save $36 million if the state used a “bare bones” approach. A so-called “balanced implementation” may require an additional $40 million.
An earlier study of the cost of Common Core adoption concluded that North Carolina would have to spend an average of $75 million a year to implement the standards.