Petition drive to overturn Common Core education standards

Jan 1, 2014 by

BARRINGTON — A small group of Barrington residents has organized a petition drive to overturn the Common Core, a new set of shared education standards that have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia.

The group, which now includes Barrington School Committee member Scott Fuller, has created a Web page called Stop Common Core Rhode Island. As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had 21 signatures.

The Common Core was developed by the National Governors Association, the College Board and Achieve Inc., a national test developer, among others. It has received a substantial amount of funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Common Core has become the latest flashpoint in the debate about the future of public education in the United States. Supporters, including state Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, say that the standards are not a curricula but rather a set of expectations about what students should know at various grade levels.

“The Common Core State Standards are perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change our collective perspective about what it means to be truly ready for college or the work force,” Gist said Thursday. “The concept of ‘clearer, fewer, deeper’ that drove the creation of the CCSS will lead to changes in both teaching and learning that will lead to higher expectations for our students — at every grade level.”

Supporters say that tough new standards are needed to keep the United States from falling further behind other countries. Internationally benchmarked tests in math and science show American students lagging behind their peers in several European and East Asian countries.

via Barrington group organizes petition drive to overturn Common Core education standards | Breaking News | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal.

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