The Common Core State Standards, adopted by all states and the federal government in 2010, have become a flashpoint in the battle over how to educate students and how to deal with the nation’s widening achievement gap between rich and poor.
In June, President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the standards, which are set to be rolled out this fall, citing the problems that plagued their implementation.
The Common Focus Initiative, which aims to promote better student achievement, has been lobbying states and localities to adopt the standards.
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Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has sent letters to states saying it will take action if they fail to comply with the standards or if they don’t set up an education agency with an accountability plan.
“States are not exempt from having a plan in place to implement the standards,” the OCR said in a letter dated July 17, “but are required to comply to the extent they have such a plan.”
The letter says states are not required to create an independent school accountability plan, which would have allowed states to develop a system for determining whether students need additional help.
The federal government’s Office of Civil Rights, which investigates allegations of federal civil rights violations, has issued similar warnings to states in recent months.
In a letter to Oregon, the agency said it will review the state’s plan if it does not comply with Title VI requirements, which requires schools to ensure that students are receiving equal opportunities to succeed in schools and to avoid disparate impact and bias on students.
The OCR is asking Oregon schools to “develop a comprehensive and effective plan to address the potential impacts of these standards” on students’ learning.