By Madeleine Webster

The 2014 session is proving even more active than last year’s when it comes to the Common Core State Standards.

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NCSL is monitoring over 300 bills that affect Common Core implementation. A total of 33 bills would delay or slow down implementation of Common Core, and another 23 would halt implementation altogether. Of these bills, only Indiana Senate Bill 91, which voids adoption of Common Core and replaces it with the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards, has become law.

Alongside working to slow down Common Core implementation, many states are also wading into assessment reform. The vast majority of Common Core legislation in the 2013 session affected assessments in the states. For example, California Assembly Bill 484 provided that the 2014 pilot assessment data would not be used for accountability purposes, and Hawaii House Bill 200 appropriated funding for implementing the new assessments.

So far in 2014, over half of the states have introduced legislation addressing the assessments, such as Mississippi Senate Bill 2549, which alters the manner by which schools that do not administer the statewide assessment receive accountability grade designations, or Florida House Bill 1187, which provides for a three-year accountability transition period.

Ten states have introduced legislation to withdraw from one of two federally funded assessment consortia. Other states have introduced legislation to delay the use of new assessment data in accountability decisions or to direct the state department of education to produce an implementation timeline for the new assessments.

As for the remaining CCSS legislation, click here to access NCSL’s legislative bill tracking database for more details.

Madeleine Webster is a research analyst with NCSL's Education Program.

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