Panel starts reviewing Common Core standards in NC

Sep 22, 2014 by

RALEIGH, N.C. — A commission on Monday will begin reviewing the Common Core targets for math and the English language that North Carolina’s public school students must meet.

The Academic Standards Review Commission has a year to review what students should learn between kindergarten and high school graduation. The standards started to show up in classrooms two years ago and will stay in place until any changes are finalized.

The review is under way thanks to a new law passed after parents and teachers complained some of the standards were inappropriate for younger children. Tea party Republicans argued Common Core amounted to a federal takeover of education.

A national organization of state school officers and the National Governors Association developed the Common Core standards, which the federal government encouraged states to accept with potential grant money as an incentive. Forty-four states and Washington, D.C., adopted them, with North Carolina one of the earliest to sign on. Indiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Missouri have since decided to re-write the Common Core standards.

The North Carolina commission could recommend ways to modify the standards or, less likely, that they should be left alone.

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