Here is an excerpt from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association website:
“The CCSS specifically do not apply to private or homeschools, unless they receive government dollars (online charter school programs have no such protection). However, HSLDA has serious concerns with the rush to adopt the CCSS. HSLDA has fought national education standards for the past two decades. Why? National standards lead to national curriculum and national tests, and subsequent pressure on homeschool students to be taught from the same curricula.
The College Board—the entity that created the PSAT and SAT—has already indicated that its signature college entrance exam will be aligned with the CCSS. And many homeschoolers worry that colleges and universities may look askance at homeschool graduates who apply for admission if their highschool transcripts are not aligned with the CCSS.
HSLDA believes that a one-size-fits-all approach to education crowds out other educational options, including the freedom of parents to choose homeschools and private schools. A common curriculum and tests based off common standards could be very harmful to homeschoolers if their college of choice refuses to accept a student’s high school transcript if it is not based on the CCSS. Homeschoolers could also have trouble on the SAT if the test is fundamentally altered to reflect only one specific curriculum. And our greatest worry is that if the CCSS is fully adopted by all states, policy makers down the road will attempt to change state legislation to require all students—including homeschool and private school students—to be taught and tested according to the CCSS.”
Common Core is affecting everyone, whether you choose to homeschool or not. One of the most appealing aspects of homeschooling is the choice of curriculum. Many families choose a different curriculum for each subject depending on what suits their family and the learning style of each child. A “one size fits all” approach to learning just doesn’t make sense, whether in the home or the classroom. Homeschooler’s researching choices for next years curriculum may find the choice has become very limited. Many of the companies that provide homeschool curriculum have already aligned or plan to align with common core.
Visit www.theeducationalfreedomcoalition.org to view the companies who have chosen NOT to align with CCSS.
To view the full article on Common Core on the HSLDA website, please click here.