Ask Melissa: Can States Change Common Core After Adoption?
In the latest in the series “Ask Melissa,” Amanda asked, “Can a state revise their standards once they have adopted the Common Core? Our legislature claims you can only change the name.”
The Collaborative’s Director of Teacher Engagement, Melissa Stugart, says states are perfectly free to revise and build on education standards once they have adopted Common Core. While the Standard were copyrighted to protect against misuse from publishers and others, Stugart notes, no part of Common Core adoption prevents states from making their own decisions about their state standards. Stugart points to several examples, including Arizona, which added new math standards; Florida, where the board of education adopted 98 suggested changes; and Georgia, whose board of education unanimously adopted a revised set of ELA and math standards following recommendations from a review committee.