Most readers say common core curriculum standards need to go (poll)

Mar 13, 2013 by

A majority of respondents to an online poll on Alabama’s use of common core curriculum standards support legislative attempts to repeal the standards.

With 774 responses as of 6 p.m. today, 56 percent said the Legislature should overrule the state board of education’s 2010 adoption of common core state standards.


The open-access, unscientific online poll is still open. Readers can weigh in here.


The results are similar to those shown in a previous online poll. Sixty percent of respondents said in a February that the standards allow the federal government to drive the education agenda in Alabama.


Another 77 percent said that would have a negative impact on education in Alabama.


Developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, the voluntary standards are designed to raise academic standards nationwide through a more rigorous set of curriculum standards that is universal across the states.


Opponents have criticized them as a federal intrusion into K-12 education since the Obama administration announced in 2009 that states seeking certain U.S. Department of Education Grants would be scored, in part, on whether they adopted the standards.


State Superintendent Thomas Bice, other educators and business leaders have defended the standards though, saying the state cedes no control by incorporating the common core in its statewide standards known as the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.


They also say allegations that the state is sharing student’s and teacher’s personal data with the USDE and that the standards were developed by Washington special interests are false.


Forty-three percent of the respondents said the Legislature should not repeal the standards, and less than 2 percent said they didn’t know.

The Senate Education Committee will consider Wednesday a bill that would repeal the standards, require Legislative approval for all future statewide standards adopted by the board, forbid the establishment of an education data system and limit the sharing of student and teacher data with entities outside the state.

Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Pike Road, who is sponsoring the bill, said the federal government is “sanctioning” states that don’t adopt the voluntary standards, but both House and Senate versions will be amended.

Bice is hosting a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to “dispel some of the myths” associated with Alabama’s use of the common core.

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