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Oklahoma Common Core Implementation Costs

Oklahoma Common Core Implementation Costs

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An independent analysis of the costs for implementing the Common Core State Standards in Oklahoma by Henry Burke
An independent analysis of the costs for implementing the Common Core State Standards in Oklahoma by Henry Burke

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Oklahoma Common Core Implementation Costs
by Henry W. Burke(Original -- 2.28.13)Revised 3.05.13 (Section "C" added)It will cost Oklahoma $231 million (net amount) to implement theCommon Core Standards (CCS). Where will Oklahoma find $231million to implement the mediocre Common Core Standards?I will call your attention to an excellent Pioneer Institute report,"National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to the Common CoreStandards," dated February 2012 (PI report) and my report, "States'Taxpayers Cannot Afford Common Core Standards," by Henry W.Burke, dated 10.15.12 (Burke report). These are the links to thereports:
I also wrote a companion report applicable to the states that did notadopt the Common Core Standards, "Non-Common Core States WillSave Millions of Dollars," by Henry W. Burke, 10.18.12:
Oklahoma gave up very good state standards to adopt the inferiorCommon Core Standards. According to a 2010 Fordham Institutereport that compared the state standards with the Common CoreStandards, Oklahoma had good English Language Arts standards andMathematics standards ("Too Close to Call").I encourage you to realistically evaluate the costs versus the benefits forthe State of Oklahoma. I will focus only on the cost of implementing the
 
Common Core Standards (CCS) versus the dollar awards received fromthe federal government.I thought I would offer a little insight into the CCS implementationcosts. This explanation includes the Pioneer report figures and myassumptions. Obviously, I cannot speak for the Pioneer Institute nor itspartners in the white paper, Accountability Works and Pacific ResearchInstitute. These are strictly my thoughts, assumptions and calculations.The Pioneer Institute report identified four cost categories for CCSimplementation. The categories are: Testing, ProfessionalDevelopment, Textbooks, and Technology. Pioneer calculated the totalCCS implementation cost over a 7-year time period.The PI report included bar graphs (without dollar figures) for eachstate in Professional Development, Textbooks, and Technology. TheAppendices to the PI report showed exact dollar figures for each state inonly the Textbooks and Technology categories. This is the link to thePioneer Institute Appendices:
Consequently, I had to derive figures for Testing and ProfessionalDevelopment for each of the 46 states. My goal was to duplicate thePioneer figures as closely as possible. My nationwide totals for the fourcategories agree quite closely with the Pioneer Institute report.
A. Oklahoma CCS Loss
The State of Oklahoma submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Race to the Top(RTTT) program and received a rank of No. 34 in Phase 1 and a rank of No. 20 in Phase 2 of that competition. The 12 "winning" states underPhase 1 and Phase 2 of RTTT received a total of $3.94 billion.Oklahoma did not receive any funds under the Phase 1 and 2competition. In subsequent competitions, Oklahoma received$15,465,616 ($15.466 million) for competitive stimulus awards.
 
In the Burke Table 1, CCS Loss Per State, the CCS Total Cost forOklahoma is $246.387 million; and the federal competitive award totalis $15.466 million. The difference is $230.921 million.[$246.387 million - $15.466 million = $230.921 million]This means Oklahoma will have to find $231 million to pay for theimplementation expense of CCS.
B. Oklahoma CCS Cost
In the Burke Table 2, CCS Cost Per Student, we can see that Oklahomahas a CCS Cost per Student of $377. This is essentially identical to theaverage cost per student of $379 (average cost for the 46 CCS states).Table 3, Total CCS Cost, lists the components making up the Total CCSCost of $246.387 million for Oklahoma. Testing cost is $19.382 million;Professional Development cost is $82.411 million; Textbook cost is$37.024 million; and Technology cost is $107.570 million.In round numbers, Oklahoma will spend $19 million on Testing, $82million on Professional Development, $37 million on Textbooks, and$108 million on Technology. The Total CCS Cost for Oklahoma will be$246 million.Explanation of Figures1. Testinga. Nationwide CCS Testing CostTesting is a function of the number of students tested. Table 5 in myreport shows the Total Nationwide Cost for the 46 CCS states. MyTable 5 duplicates Pioneer Figure 2B (on page 2 of the PI report).Figure 2B shows a Total Testing Cost of $1,240,641,297.Table 6 (Burke report) lists the number of students and teachers in eachof the 46 states; the total for the 46 states is 41,805,062 students. Iobtained all of the numbers in Table 6 from the Pioneer reportAppendices (NCES: 2009 - 2010 School Year).

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