Cost Estimates for Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Washington State

Cost Estimates for Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Washington State

file000364857492The true cost of the adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards in Washington State is an unknown.  The legislature authorized the superintendent of public instruction to provisionally adopt the standard prior to any cost analysis.  It does not appear that the legislature has done any cost analysis on their own but is relying on information provided to them by the superintendent and his office.  To the state’s credit, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) did estimate costs for implementation.  While the estimates may be questionable, at least they made some estimates.  Most states did not consider costs at the time of adoption or even later.

Are the estimated costs questionable?  The state spent more than $30 million for professional development when new math standards were adopted in 2008.  In Jan. 2011, OSPI’s five year estimated cost for implementation of the CCSS was $182.6 million.  If you factor in textbooks and materials, this cost would bring this estimate to around $300 million.  This estimate did not include textbooks, technology, or assessments.  Later, in Dec. 2011, OSPI produced another five year estimate of nearly $23 million.  A lot of assumptions were made in this estimate.

WA Five Year Estimated Costs

for CCSS Implementation January 2011

 

Five Year Total

Percent

State Level Costs

$17,100,000

9.4%

District Level Costs

$165,500,000

90.6%

State Level and District Level Costs

$182,600,000

Totals

State Level and District Level Costs

$182,600,000

Add Textbooks and Curriculum Materials

$300,000,000

CCSSLegReportJan2011

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics: Analysis and Recommendations Report to the Legislature January 2011

 

 

 

 

 

See Where’s the Money? at The Underground Parent.

WA Five Year Estimated Costs

for CCSS Implementation December 2011

Years

State

Regional

Local

Totals

2010-11

$75,000

 

 

$75,000

2011-13

 

$1,600,000

$6,500,000

$8,100,000

2013-16

$422,000

$3,000,000

$11,400,000

$14,822,000

Totals

$497,000

$4,600,000

$17,900,000

$22,997,000

 

2.2%

20%

77.8%

 

CCSSReport2012

Common Core State Standards:  Implementation Activities, Timelines, Costs, and Input on Enhancements Dec. 2011 OSPI Report to the Legislature

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One Response to Cost Estimates for Implementing the Common Core State Standards in Washington State

  1. Bob Dean says:

    The common core standards are inferior to our 2008 standards which were developed by Washingtonians.

    Citizen input was ignored by the governor and the legislature when CC was slipped into place. It’s time to take back our constitutional right to contol the education that we pay for. Stop common core.

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